On international women’s day, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday announced a proposal to provide six-months child care leave to women employees of the government.
He also announced a grant of ₹ 37,188 crore for women-oriented programmes.
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Presenting the 2021-22 budget in the assembly, he proposed upgradation of Anganwadis situated in Bengaluru and other cities into creches for the benefit of urban working women.
“Women employees of the state government will be given a total of six months child care leave along with maternity leave which is already in existence. This will be a supplementary step towards the welfare of women who are a very important part of the administrative machinery,” said Yediyurappa.
Karnataka government also allocated ₹1,500 crore in its Budget for “upliftment of minorities.”
Yediyurappa announced a loan facility of up to ₹two crore at a subsidised rate of 4% through Woman Development Board/Karnataka State Finance Corporation to women entrepreneurs in the service sector.
The government also announced support through Panchayat Raj institutions for the establishment of 6,000 micro-enterprises for rural women self-help groups under ‘Sanjeevini’; to benefit 60,000 women.
Technical support to small enterprises of women was announced by the government which also proposed encouragement to 25,000 women through 2,260 micro-enterprises.
The government also proposed to provide a market to the products manufactured by women self-help groups and women entrepreneurs, organisation of annual fares at divisional level and implementation of e-market facility.
Yediyurappa announced commencement of ‘Vanitha Sangathi’ programme for providing BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) bus pass at concessional rate to women labourers of garment sector in Bengaluru at an expenditure of ₹30 crore.
It also proposed a re-examination of various laws and rules for the creation of a conducive environment for women taking up employment.
Action was also proposed to incorporate gender budget and child budget in the Panchayat Raj system.
Yediyurappa also announced fixing of 7,500 cameras in public places of Bengaluru city under safe city project; action to intensify night beats through technology based e- beat system.
It also proposed establishment of centre of excellence in collaboration with NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) and National Law School for giving assistance and guidance to women subjected to atrocity.
For the women who have obtained licence from Agricultural Produce Market Committee, 10% reservation was proposed in the allotment of site, godown, shop, shop-cum-godowns in the premises.
The government proposed to support women entrepreneurs by implementation of the ‘Elevate Women Entrepreneurship’ programme at an expenditure of ₹five crore.
Implementation of a self-help group policy to strengthen self-help groups and their federation of the State was also announced along with action to bring all the self-help groups under the livelihood mission.
Commencement of ‘Women Protection and Empowerment Mission’ was proposed under the direct supervision of the Chief Minister.
All-woman Covid vaccination booth
The state government on Monday launched an all-women’s ‘Pink vaccination booth’. Authorities said the state government has decided to set up one such Covid-19 vaccination booth in each district of state.
Donning sarees or salwar suits, masks and caps — all in pink — the women corona warriors painted the Covid-19 vaccination booth in the shade at the C V Raman Hospital here, that was inaugurated by Health Minister K Sudhakar.
With inputs from agencies.