AP Govt speeds up implementation of women welfare schemes

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Thursday passed a G.O. after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced a slew of schemes on the floor of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

In this regard, the government will organize free master heath checkups for women above 35 years age. 10 mother and child hospitals with 100 bedding capacity will be constructed by 1st July. The women development and child welfare department will also hold free tele-sonography service in 223 health centres in the state.  It has also been decided to include protection along with welfare in all the standing committees in 13 districts.

The officials brought to the Chief Minister’s notice that out of 53,000 Anganwadi centres in the state, 9,000 centres do not have any buildings. The Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare an action plan for the construction of Anganwadi buildings in the state. He suggested the officials to integrate funds with MNREGS for constructing 5,000 buildings this year. “AnganwadiCentres need to be rechristened as pre-schools,” he said. In campuses where buildings are established, allot a room to medical sub centers to carry on their activities.

Stressing on improving protection for women during traveling, he asked the officials to work on an action plan that will effectively track GPS in on-call taxis and help locate girls. Officials informed the Chief Minister that the she-teams need to be strengthened. The Chief Minister directed the officials to undertaken recruitment of women forces on a priority basis.

Later, the Chief Minister inspected a design of women enclosures in city buses. With this, sections allotted for both genders are visibly segregated, aiming to put an end to harassment faced by women. Appreciating the initiative, he asked the officials to identify areas that record abuse against women in buses and introduce such enclosures. These partitions will be introduced in 711 city services with an expenditure of Rs 1.2 crore. (INN)