On Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, directed the social welfare department to prepare an approach paper on the status of all welfare schemes for women in the state. She also demanded suggestive measures to implement these initiatives smoothly and successfully in the near future. There are many women welfare schemes underway, which are led by various departments and agencies in the state and need to have a better implementation plan.

Mehbooba Mufti chaired the second meeting of the State Mission Authority under the National Mission for Empowerment of Women, and suggested that the approach papers conduct a deep analysis on how and why the implementation of schemes are delayed so that such hold-ups can be avoided in future. Hoping that this organised structure will help run future schemes smoothly, she also specified the prudent nature of the scheme that will greatly benefit women.

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Women welfare schemes that have reached the final stages of implementation: 

– The State Resource Centre for Women is now fully functional. It gives focused attention to inter-sectoral issues affecting women.

– The One Stop Care (OSC) centres are in their final stages of execution. OSC is a concept to provide coordinated response to victims of violence against women (VAW). The victims are provided with medical help, shelter, legal assistance and psychological counselling. Nine such centres are almost ready to open.

The State Mission Authority was set up in the year 2012 and since then has been involved in gender-specific roles. Working towards prevention of crimes against women, violence against women, tackling gender sensitive issues, and promoting women empowerment, SMA does not work alone but collaborates with various skill development initiatives to push their objective of gender equality in the state.

News Source: Indian Express

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