Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, governor Anandiben Patel and CM Yogi Adityanath applauded the state’s achievers and urged them to become agents of change.
Sitharaman said whenever women have been given the opportunity or the platform, they have performed with gusto and there has been nothing lacking in their performance. “The current central government has given space to 11 women in the cabinet after the recent reshuffle. In UP, the CM is constantly travelling across the state and by the end of five years, he would have visited each district at least 10 times. He has not left any stone unturned to improve law and order, ensure safety for women and overall development,” she said.
The programme saw the government transfer Rs 30.12 crore to the accounts of 1.55 lakh girls under the Kanya Sumangala Yojana. The total number of beneficiaries under this scheme have now touched 9.36 lakh. Sitharaman also launched the Women and Police Beat Programme under which over 10,000 women beat officers have been appointed in the state. These will be posted under all 1,537 police station areas. Over 58,000 special ‘Mission Shakti Kaksh’ have also been built for the women cops in all gram panchayat bhawans.
The CM laid the foundation stone of the Avantibai battalion, out of the three new women battalions of the PAC. The government had organised events similar to the one held in Lucknow, in all district headquarters. At each such event, an outstanding woman was honoured under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav programme for their contribution in various fields.
“Mission Shakti is a symbol of women’s safety, security and self-respect. Under the guidance of PM Modi, we have spared no effort to make women self-reliant. Since 2014, the Centre has launched many schemes for the empowerment of women, including Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Janani Suraksha, Varasat Abhiyan, PM Awas Yojna etc,” the CM said.