NAGAON, Jan 30 - Minority Affairs Minister Dr Najama Heptullah formally launched the Nai Roshni programme implemented by Ministry for Leadership Development and Empowerment of Minority Women, at Nagaon on Friday.
She said that the programme aims at empowering and instilling confidence in women by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and intermediaries at all level.
Empowerment of women is not only essential for equity, but also constitutes a critical element in our fight for poverty reduction, economic growth and strengthen civil society, because women and children are the worst sufferers in our society, she added.
Highlighting the programme, she said that the scheme is implemented through NGOs and training is provided through educational programme for women, health and hygiene, legal rights for women, financial literacy, Swachh Bharat, life skills, advocacy for social and behavioural change, etc.
In the last financial year, the Ministry trained 70,000 women, including 3,450 from Assam, with Rs 14 crore.
The Minority Affairs Ministry also launched Online Application Management system to bring transparency and speed up the procedure.