While Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced a slew of schemes for women at the state level, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today launched eight women-oriented initiatives in Jalandhar to mark International Women's day at the district administrative complex.Participating in the virtual launch event, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Ghanshyam Thori said that these announcements and schemes would further pave way for women empowerment in the state. He said that these schemes include setting up of special Saanjh Shakti police help desk at all 382 police stations in the state besides the initiation of 181 women helpline. Mr Thori further stated that the Chief Minister also started the distribution of appointment letters to 2407 master cadre women teachers during the event. A host of other initiatives in collaboration with global agencies including UN Women, UNDP, J-Pal, UN Population Fund, and FUEL were also announced in the event, he added.
The Deputy Commissioner further mentioned that the state government on the eve of International Women's day also announced free bus travelling for women in government transport. Earlier, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led the state government has also implemented 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs besides 50 per cent reservation in elections to the local bodies. He said that these multiple efforts would usher in a new era of women empowerment in the state besides ensuring round the clock safety and security to women. He further added that a hostel for working women was also coming up soon, which would provide PG like facilities to working women.Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner handed over cash prizes to the winners of the `Dadi di Laadli' campaign who had participated in a video making competition about their relationships with their grandmothers. These prizes comprise the first prize of Rs. 10,000, second prize of Rs. 5,000, third prize of Rs. 2100, and 10 consolation prizes worth Rs. 1100. He also released a short movie based on the love and affection between a grandmother and granddaughter. District Program Officer G.S. Randhawa, Child Protection Officer Amneet Kaur, and the parents of the winning children were also present on the occasion.