DOOMDOOMA, June 6 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today underscored the need for women empowerment in order to bring development in the society.
Speaking at the Mahila Samaroh 2018, organised by Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission and Panchayat and Rural Development Department at Janmukh in Tinsukia district today, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the state government is committed to empowering women through different schemes. �We have launched the Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achani to help the women so that they can become self-reliant,� he said.
Sonowal said that with an aim to lend financial independence to the women folk of the state, the government has launched Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni. Under this scheme, in the first phase financial grants will be provided to 1.26 lakh women self-help groups and in the next phase another one lakh self-help groups will be given financial grants. Urging the self-help groups to make the good use of the financial grants, Sonowal said that the grants should be used to influence financial independence of the women.
Stating that to make India developed in all respects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded top priority to women empowerment. He said under the Ujjawala Scheme, the Centre has given free LPG connection to 5 crore consumers across the country and the State government has given 16 lakh free LPG connections to women beneficiaries under Ujjawala scheme.
Emphasising his resolve to make Assam completely free from the scourge of corruption, Chief Minister Sonowal also made it clear that the battle against corruption would go on unrelentingly till the last seed of corruption is weeded out completely.
Chief Minister Sonowal also handed over cheques to 22 women SHGs. It may be noted that under the Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achani altogether 8,296 SHGs would be given financial grants from Dibrugarh and Tinsukia District.
Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley, Minister of State for Power Topon Kumar Gogoi, MPs, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Rameswar Teli and Pradan Baruah were also present on the occasion.