Even as the Gujarat Government is holding 300 Garib Kalyan Melas across the state in the second round of the scheme. Chief Minister Narendra Modi today disbursed assistance worth Rs.3.91-crore to 4,695 beneficiaries at Dhanpur in Dahod district.

Addressing the gathering, he said these fairs are the way to free the poor, the oppressed, tribal people and Baxi community from the shackles of poverty, ensuring every rupee reaches the target group directly, literally at their doorstep.

Mr. Modi, who has lately adopted a practice to reach the venue without prior announcement, made it to the remote tribal areas in the eastern belt today.

He recalled there used to be budgetary provisions for the poor in the past too, but did not reach the target groups. While Rs.6,500-crore were spent for the tribal welfare up to 2000, he said, this government spent Rs.6,000-crore between 2001 and 2007 and proposes to spend Rs.15,000-crore under the Van Bandhu Yojna during the next five years.

He said the government has also taken up schemes to improve the educational level and health of the tribal people, like starting Industrial Training Institutes (ITI's) and Polytechnics, providing demonstration in cattle rearing to encourage them to take up dairy, and imparting training to make them fit for joining the armed forces at the taluka level itself.

Minister of State for Tribal Welfare Jashwantsinh Bhabhor said the Gujarat Government has allocated up to 15 per cent of the budget for implementing the 'Gujarat pattern' of development for the tribal. He said that assistance worth Rs.72-crore were distributed to the poor in Dahod district during the first rounds of the Garib Kalyan Mela.

Prominent among those who attended the fair included Parliamentary Secretary Jaydrathsinh Parmar and Sundarsinh Chauhan, District Panchayat President Dakshaben Parmar, a number of MLAs and In-charge Secretary Bhagyesh Jha.

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Cabinet approves Proposal for Implementation of Umbrella Scheme on “Safety of Women”
February 21, 2024

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs of continuation of implementation of Umbrella Scheme on ‘Safety of Women’ at a total cost of Rs.1179.72 crore during the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26.

Out of the total project outlay of Rs.1179.72 crore, a total of Rs.885.49 crore will be provided by MHA from its own budget and Rs.294.23 crore will be funded from Nirbhaya Fund.

Safety of Women in a country is an outcome of several factors like stringent deterrence through strict laws, effective delivery of justice, redressal of complaints in a timely manner and easily accessible institutional support structures to the victims. Stringent deterrence in matters related to offences against women was provided through amendments in the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.

In its efforts towards Women Safety, Government of India in collaboration with States and Union Territories has launched several projects. The objectives of these projects include strengthening mechanisms in States/Union Territories for ensuring timely intervention and investigation in case of crime against women and higher efficiency in investigation and crime prevention in such matters.

The Government of India has proposed to continue the following projects under the Umbrella Scheme for “Safety of Women”:

  1. 112 Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) 2.0;
  2. Upgradation of Central Forensic Sciences laboratories, including setting up of National Forensic Data Centre;
  3. Strengthening of DNA Analysis, Cyber Forensic capacities in State Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs);
  4. Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children;
  5. Capacity building and training of investigators and prosecutors in handling sexual assault cases against women and children; and
  6. Women Help Desk & Anti-human Trafficking Units.