How gender resource centers empowering marginalized women
OT, November 2, 2012 15:55 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/New Delhi
Gender resource centers (GRCs) have come a long way in Delhi. They help empower women of their localities by not only imparting them training in different trades such as beauty culture, stitching, sewing, computer, etc., but also providing them useful information.
With new centers opening in Delhi and its surrounding areas, the total number of GRCs is expected to go up to 139. This would only lead to better accessibility of all schemes by all members of the community, particularly women as many trained women have been contributing to the family income.
Besides, these GRCs – mostly run by NGOs – are providing easy tips on health and imparting non-formal education. In fact these centers have become a catalyst of change.
Over the years GRCs have brought a comfortable change in the lives of women and other poor persons.
The Delhi government is also helping NGOs to establish more GRCs in the deprived areas of the capital city. Some 15 more GRCs across Delhi are to open to make all pro-poor services/benefits more accessible to the needy persons living in the city. Also, these new centers will be taking the social scheme benefits to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries.
Through the GRCs the government plans to reach out to those areas where the vulnerable and most vulnerable sections of society face greater difficulty, according to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
While inaugurating a GRC at Kanjhawala today, the CM stated that the concern of the marginalized section of society has always been a priority for the Delhi Government. The other four GRCs, which came into formal operation are at Lal Kuan being run by Plan India, at Arjun Nagar run by Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses, at East Sagar Pur run by an NGO RAWAT and at Madhu Vihar, Rajapuri run by Mar Thoma Social Action.
Speaking on this occasion, Dikshit said her government has earmarked 65 per cent of the budget for social sector. “We are concentrating on welfare and uplift of Aam Admi.”
Also, the CM announced that information on all social schemes would be made available in the GRCs.
She also referred to Laadli, Kishori, Annashri Yojana, Kerosene-free Delhi and Bhagidari Atta schemes. The contribution of the Mission Convergence and GRCs in identification of real beneficiaries is worth appreciable, she added.
The function was attended by Parliamentary Secretary to CM Mukesh Sharma, MD Mission Convergence Santosh D. Vaidya, Dy. Commissioner (South-West) Vikas Anand and former MLA Vijay Lochav.
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