Women IAS, IPS to boost ‘matri shakti’ in hinterland

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Uttar Pradesh government will send its women officers – IAS, IPS and IFS – to the districts to spend three days to help strengthen “matri shakti” (women power).

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath wants women officers to cover all 75 districts during their three-day camps and return with their feedback for the state government to help it ensure gender equality and end bias against the girl child.

The idea behind sending women IAS, IPS and IFS officers to camps for three days in every district to interact with women,young girls and the menfolk to educate them against ills like female infanticide and violence against women both within and outside homes. They will also find ways to ensure girls are sent to schools, their enrollment is enhanced and awareness about nutrition and better health is created.

The chief minister feels there is immense potential for government’s intervention in empowering for women and the girl child,which is being done through “Kanya Sumangala Yojana” and other women and child development schemes. However, a direct feedback of the impact of government’s planning and programmes can be an informal mechanism for intervention, he feels. With women officers going out to districts, the government feels discussions would be free and open with womenfolk.

During his recent inspections of a few police stations, additional chief secretary Avneesh Awasthi had found that facilities for female police personnel were missing.

Additional director general in Police Recuritment Board Renuka Mishra has submitted a presentation to UP DGP and the government highlighting the pathetic condition of women police personnel during duty hours.

“All such issues will be taken up on top priority,” said Awasthi who is also in-charge of the home department.