Odisha Neglecting Women

Opposition BJP today hit out at the BJD Government alleging neglect of women and said  it was only misleading them with the coming election in view without taking any practical steps to make the weaker section financially independent.

BJP Leader Aparajita Sarangi said at a Press conference that while women constituted 50 Percent of the total population of the state, in Odisha they are far behind their counterparts in other states in almost all fields including economic development, health and sanitation.
And violence against women in the state was most worrying, Ms.Sarangi alleged. In the case of violence against women the state is positioned third from bottom of the list, pointed out BJP Leader.                                                   

She said that the Government is going to allot Rs. 15,000 to each Self Help Group (SHG) in a period of three years, and assuming that each SHG had 10-15 members, each member will receive only Rs.1,000  in next three years.Is it  possible for a woman to become financially independent with this meager amount, asked former Mandarin.

She said while the State Government had provided Rs 2108 crore in the year 2017-18 for the  Women and Child Development Department, it was increased by to Rs 3448 crore for 2018-19.

For women empowerment, the State Government has made a provision of only Rs 550 crore for the year 2018-19 while there was no budgetary provision on this head in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Similarly, the Government has provided Rs 500 crore for Self Help Groups in 2018-19, while in 2016-17 and 2017-18 there was no such provisions , she pointed out.

Ms.Sarangi said that it is clear the State Government is spending a total amount of Rs 1050 crore under the two heads purely keeping the coming elections in view.

She cited an instance of the activities of Self Help Groups in Tamil Nadu saying in that the southern state produced 900 crore eggs annually while it was only 197 crore in Odisha.

Similarly the Banaskantha  SHG units in Gujarat produced 60 lakh litres of milk daily while daily milk procurement by the OMFED is only 5 lakh litres.

Ms.Sarangi also drew a comparison between the quantum of financial help to Self Help Groups in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and informed that while the Andhra Pradesh  Government had given Rs 62,000 to each unit, their counterparts in Odisha had received only Rs 14,541.

On sanitation front, Ms.Sarangi said while all families in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had latrine facility, it was only 72 Percent in Odisha.
There are only 39 Percent villages in the state which are completely free from open air defecation.
51 percent of women in the state are victims of anemia while in malnutrition the situation is a serious concern.

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