Nagpur: NMC’s women and child welfare committee (WCWC) held its first ever meeting to review the situation of protection and care to the street-children, as per decision to this effect taken on February 3, 2015 and earlier directives issued by State Chief Secretary of Maharashtra during a WCWC meeting held on the issue on July 2, 2014. The survey carried out in this regard involves a budgetary expenditure of Rs 10.27 lakh. The WCWC meeting unanimously decided today that this expenditure should be met with under WCWC proviso No. 274.
The review-meeting was presided over by WCWC chairperson Rashmi Fadnavis at Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Memorial Hall of NMC, Prominently present on the occasion were vice chairperson Sadhana Barde, Sulochana Kovey, Swati Khadatkar, Jaishri Wadibhasme, Kumudni Kaikade, Sujata Konbade, Sudha Iraskar, Dr Swati Matkari, Meena Gupta, Kavita Khobragade, Bhavana Yadav, Sharda Gadkari and others.
At the outset the newly elected WCWC chairperson Rashmi Fadnavis, Sadhana Barde and committee members were welcomed by social welfare officer Sudha Iraskar. It was followed by self-introduction of new members, and detailed information about functioning of various departments associated with WCWC and schemes undertaken for implementation.
Social welfare officer Sudha Iraskar informed the WCWC chairperson that the government had closed the Central Govt sponsored Suvarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana on March 2014 and in place of that a new scheme named Rashtriya Nagari Upjivika Abhiyan was introduced. The aim of this scheme is to provide vocational loans to needy women, encourage Mahila Bachat Gat and to promote their collective vocations, etc, in order to make BPL women self-dependent and self-employed.
She further informed that under Central Govt sponsored Rashtriya Nagari Upjivika Abhiyan only 70% BPL and 30% APL beneficiaries were covered, but now the members of SC, ST, handicap, minority (men and women) would also be covered under the scheme.
Iraskar brought to the notice of chairperson WCWC Rashmi Fadnavis that the her department was implementing the schemes like Mahila Samupdeshan Kendra, Diwali Udyojaka Melava, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, tri-cycle distribution to handicapped, Janai Suraksha Express and Janai Shishu Yojana, etc.
Fadnavis directed the social welfare officers to organize workshops on pico-fall sewing machine distribution and ‘Beti-Bachao–Beti-Padhao’ programmes.
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