Government of India approved a new scheme on 22Nov 2018 namely Mahila Shakti Kendra for 2017-18 upto 2019-20 to empower rural women through community participation.
About the Scheme
1 . It aims at empowering rural women through community participation to create an environment in which they can realize their full potential.
2 . PMMSK scheme is envisioned as one-stop convergence support service with opportunities for skill development, digital literacy, health and nutrition and employment.
3 . The financial outlay of the scheme during 2017-18 to 2019-20 will be Rs 3,636.85 crore with a central share of approximately Rs 3,084.96 crore.
4 . The central government will constitute one common task force at national, state and district level.
5 . It will aim to improve declining child sex ratio; ensuring survival and protection of the girl child; ensuring her education, and empowering her to fulfill her potential.
6 . It will provide an interface for rural women to approach the government for availing their entitlements and for empowering them through training and capacity building.
7 . Through this scheme, government plans to reach 115 most backward districts in the country with 920 Mahila Shakti Kendra by community engagement through student volunteers who will play an instrumental role in awareness generation regarding various important government schemes/ programmes as well as social issues.
8 . More than 3 lakh student volunteers from local colleges will be engaged in this process, including NSS/NCC cadre providing an opportunity to them to participate in the development process by bringing change in their own communities and ensuring that women are equal partners in India’s progress.
9 . At national level, Mahila Shakti Kendra will provide domain-based knowledge support while at state level, it will cater to State Resource Centre for Women that will provide technical support on issues related to women at district and block level centres.
10 . Under the Scheme, State Resource Centre for Women is provided for all States/UTs, District Level Centre for Women (DLCW) for 640 districts to be covered in a phased manner (220 districts during 2017-18, 220 more in 2018-19 and remaining 200 districts in 2019-20) and Block Level initiative to be focussed in 115 most backward districts covering 8 blocks in each district (50 districts to be covered during FY 2017-18 and remaining 65 districts to be covered during FY 2018-19).
11 . The Scheme is implemented through the State Government /UT Administration with a cost sharing ratio of 60:40 between centre and states except for NE & Special Category States where the funding ratio is 90:10.