Himachal govt hikes monetary award for Mahila Vikas Protsahan Puraskar to Rs 1L


A few days before International Women’s Day, Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has announced an almost five-fold increase in the monetary award under the Himachal Pradesh Women’s Development Promotion Award.

Presiding over the state level function on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Sukhu said on Monday that the monetary award for Women Development Promotion Award has been increased to Rs 1 lakh from the existing Rs 21,000.

He said that the allowance for district level awards has been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000.

Mahila Vikas Pratsahan Award is given to women who have excelled in various fields. Sukhu on Monday honored freelance journalist Dev Kanya Thakur, social activist Sangeeta Khurana and Dr. Anvesha Negi.

Sukhu said that women are the pillars of society and said that when women are empowered, the whole world is empowered.

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The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment is conducting a series of awareness programs across the state from March 1 to 8 to sensitize women about sensitive issues like domestic violence, drug abuse and workplace harassment.

Congratulating on Women’s Day on March 8, Sukhu said today women are contributing equally to the progress of the state along with their male counterparts and need to be supported.

He said, “Women have contributed tremendously in shaping society and civilizations can progress only when women are treated equally with men and given due respect.”

He said that Congress-led governments have always been sincere towards “women power”.

The Chief Minister said that during his tenure as Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi had paved the way for 33 per cent reservation for women in panchayats and local bodies through the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.

Although opposed by many, Gandhi was determined to empower women and increase their participation in nation building.

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