Empowerment of Women (PIB)

  • Government gives utmost priority to ensuring gender equality in all spheres of life and has taken several steps to ensure that women do not face any gender-based disadvantage.
  • Some of the steps taken by the Government in this direction as well as for increasing the participation of women in the economy include the following:
  1. Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme: The scheme aims to facilitate inter-sectoral convergence of schemes and programs meant for empowerment of women both at the central and State/UT level.
  2. SwadharGreh Scheme: The Scheme caters to women victims of unfortunate circumstances in need of institutional support for rehabilitation, so that they can lead their life with dignity.
  3. Ujjawala Scheme: It is a comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation, as well as for facilitating rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims in to their families and society as needed.
  4. Working Women’s Hostel Scheme: This scheme promotes availability of safe and conveniently located accommodation for working women, with day care facility for their children, wherever possible, in urban, semi-urban, and even rural areas, where employment opportunities for women exist.
  5. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme: Under this scheme, widow pension is provided to the widows belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. This is a sub-scheme under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) of Ministry of Rural Development. Under the scheme, Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to widows in the age-group of 40-79 years and the pension amount is enhanced to Rs 500/- per month on attaining 80 years.
  1. Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY),
  2. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY),
  3. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY),
  4. Atal Pension Yojana (APY),
  5. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) and
  6. Stand-Up India (SUPI)

Initiatives of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME):

  • Benefits are extended to women under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), which is a major scheme of MSME.
  • The scheme facilitates generation of self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth.

Initiatives of Ministry of Rural Development

  • Ministry of Rural Development is implementing two welfare schemes in the field of skill development for rural poor youth under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) for gainful employment and to eradicate poverty in the country as follows:
  1. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) which is a placement linked skill development program for wage employment.
  2. Skill development through Rural Self Employment and Training Institutes (RSETIs) enabling a trainee to take bank credit and start his/her own micro-enterprise.
  • Both DDU-GKY and RSETI schemes are applicable to all the categories including women.

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