New Delhi: The central government has approved a new scheme namely Mahila Shakti Kendra for 2017-18 up to 2019-20 to empower rural women through community participation. The scheme is envisaged to work at various levels, and technical support to the respective governments on issues related to women is provided at the National level (domain based knowledge support) and State levels (State Resource Centre for Women).
In reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi informed the house that community engagement through College Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts as part of the Block Level initiatives. Student volunteers will play an instrumental role in awareness generation regarding various important government schemes/ programmes as well as social issues. District Level Centre for Women (DLCW) has also been envisaged for 640 districts to be covered in a phased manner.
These centers will serve as a link between the village, block and state level in facilitating women-centric schemes and also give a foothold for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme at the district level. Under the Scheme, State Resource Centre for Women is provided for all States/UTs, District Level Centre for Women (DLCW) for 640 districts to be covered in a phased manner (220 districts during 2017-18, 220 more in 2018-19 and remaining 200 districts in 2019-20) and Block Level initiative to be focussed in 115 most backward districts covering 8 blocks in each district (50 districts to be covered during FY 2017-18 and remaining 65 districts to be covered during FY 2018-19).
The Scheme is implemented through the State Government /UT Administration with a cost-sharing ratio of 60:40 between center and states except for NE & Special Category States where the funding ratio is 90:10.