“Today I announce to increase this amount to Rs. 41,000 to alleviate the financial load during significant life events such as weddings,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.
“To boost education for daughters in the state, the Government and private polytechnic colleges with underutilized infrastructure will be upgraded into women degree colleges based on the demands and requirements received from such colleges. This move aims to enhance educational opportunities and optimize existing resources,” announced the Chief Minister.
During an event, Sh. Manohar Lal highlighted the significant progress made in Haryana by shedding its past image of being associated with female feticide. He reminded the audience that the very ground where the event is taking place is where Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi vowed, on January 22, 2015, to protect and educate daughters by launching ‘The Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign. The state government, in collaboration with the society, has diligently worked to erase the stigma linked with Haryana’s history of gender-based atrocities. This dedication has yielded commendable results as the state’s gender ratio, once standing at a meagre 871, has now risen to a more encouraging 927, said Sh. Manohar Lal.
Haryana state, under the leadership of Sh. Manohar Lal, continues to make impressive strides towards empowerment and economic progress. With the formation of more than 57,000 self-help groups, a substantial foundation for community development and financial independence has been established. These groups have received a remarkable boost, with a revolving fund of Rs. 54.57 crore, a community investment fund of around Rs 285 crore, and a bank credit linkage amounting to approximately Rs. 880 crore. Notably, the Revolving Fund amount has been doubled from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000, fostering greater entrepreneurship. In a significant move towards gender empowerment, women’s self-help groups have been exempted from stamp duty on loans up to Rs. 5 lakh.
“Their contributions to national pride and community welfare are also evident through their creation of tricolour for the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence and mask production during the pandemic,” said Sh. Manohar Lal.
The State Government has taken significant strides towards women’s empowerment and environmental conservation. Notably, 50 percent representation for women in Panchayats has been ensured, fostering gender equality in local governance. Efforts to promote girls’ education have led to the establishment of colleges within 20 kilometres, allowing convenient access to higher education. Impressively, 76 new government colleges have been opened, with over half exclusively for girls.
The Chief Minister also emphasized the importance of tree planting to protect nature during the Teej festival. This multifaceted approach underscores the government’s commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future.
Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Smt. Kamlesh Dhanda, Lok Sabha MP, Sh. Sanjay Bhatia, Rajya Sabha MP, Sh. Krishan Lal Panwar, MLAs, Sh. Mahipal Dhanda, Sh. Parmod Vij, Additional Chief Secretary., Information, Public Relations Languages and Culture Deptt, Sh. Rajesh Khullar, APSCM and Director General, Information, Public Relations Languages and Culture Deptt, Dr. Amit Agrawal and other dignitaries also attended the programme.