GUWAHATI, Dec 31 � A new scheme is being launched region-wise on an experimental basis, named Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)� SABLA, by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, an official release stated.
The scheme will address the multidimensional problems of adolescent girls in the age group of 11-18 years. Initially, the scheme will cover 200 districts in the country spread over all the states and Union Territories.
The scheme was launched for the North-Eastern states, Sikkim, Orissa and West Bengal at the NEDFI establishment here recently by Vivek Joshi, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Women and Child Development at a launching workshop. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with NIPCCD, UNICEF and Department of Social Welfare, Assam.
The workshop was addressed by HK Sharma, Commissioner and Secretary to the Govt of Assam, Department of Social Welfare. HN Bora, Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Department of Social Welfare, senior officials from all the ten states of the region, NIPCCD, UNICEF, Department of Labour, departments of Education, Health etc. in addition to the selected divisional programme officers (DPOs), district social welfare officers (DSWOs), child development project officers (CDPOs) and representatives of NGOs of Assam attended the workshop. The workshop made some suggestions and recommendations to be incorporated in the scheme for its effective implementation.
The scheme is being introduced in the 43 districts, including 8 districts of Assam, in the above mentioned 10 states of the region. If the scheme becomes successful in these 200 districts of the country, it will further be extended to other districts gradually in a phased manner in the XII Five Year Plan period, the release added.