Smt. Krishna Tirath, the Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry established the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Boys – “Saksham” and conferred the National Awards for Anganwadi Workers for Exceptional Achievements (2006-07 to 2010-11), here today.
Saksham (the self-reliant individual) focuses on all-round development of Adolescent Boys (ABs) to make them self-reliant, gender-sensitive and aware citizens when they grow up. The project will cover all adolescent boys (both schools going and out of school) in the age-group of 11 to 18 years subdivided into two categories, viz. 11-14 & 14-18 years. In the first phase, Saksham project shall be implemented in 20 selected districts in seven States on a pilot basis benefitting nearly 6 lakh adolescent boys annually. The budget allocation of Rs. 100 crore has been earmarked for 12th Five Year Plan. In 2014-15, an allocation of Rs. 25 crores is created for the scheme.
The National Awards for Anganwadi Workers for Exceptional Achievements have been launched by the Government for Anganwadi Workers (ANWs) at the National and State level to motivate them and give recognition to their voluntary work under the ICDS scheme. A total of 155 ANWs have been chosen for national level awards (2006-07 and 2010-11) which comprise Rs. 25,000 and a citation.
Smt. Tirath highlighted that the Government has grown the money provided to children as well as the protection homes under Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). The amount provided per child under ICPS has been increased from Rs 750 per child to Rs 2000 per child and the amount allocated to child protection homes has been moved from Rs 20 lakh per protection home to Rs 50 lakh per protection home. This amount is being sent by the Central government to the State governments, she further said.
Smt. Tirath said that safeguarding and protection of women are very important. An office should be made to solve the problems of women in every district. All problems born by women whether related to agriculture, business or any other field should be solved at this office so that her time is saved and women are protected as well, she stated.
She stated that a number of legislative and programmatic measures for the protection of women have been initiated by the Government and the launch of Saksham is another step in this direction. The scheme will grant training, skill development, gender sensitization and improvement of the health of adolescent boys. She stated that Government has chosen ¬18 selected districts are where Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – SABLA is operational. This will give an opportunity for healthy interaction between Adolescent Boys and Girls.