NATIONAL

Rajasthan to pilot national programme for women empowerment

The National Resource Centre for Women's Empowerment has selected Rajasthan to pilot a national programme launched in New Delhi earlier this year. A consultation process with the desert State has also been initiated in view of its impressive track record in supporting women's movements at the grassroots.

National Resource Centre Executive Director Rashmi Singh said at a consultation organised here on Monday that the vibrant civil society organisations and women's groups in Rajasthan had strengthened women's movement and set an environment for women's empowerment.

The day-long consultation brought together representatives of the State Ministries of Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Education, civil society groups, self-help group members and elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions.

State Women and Child Development Secretary Sarita Singh welcomed the national endeavour for setting up women's resource centres at the tehsil, district and State levels. She said the State Government was committed to speeding up the process of convergence for women's welfare and empowerment. “We will utilise the opportunity [provided] by the National Mission for Women's Empowerment to be one of the first States to scale up the process of convergence from the top to the grassroots,” said Ms. Singh.

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