SIALKOT: Provincial Minister for Women Welfare and Development Hameeda Waheed ud Din has said that the government is striving to provide the rights to women, besides protecting their rights. She said the protection of rights of the women is responsibility of the state. Government has established a separate department to protect the rights of the women.
She stated this while talking to the newsmen here. She said that the PML-N government was amending the persisting laws and making necessary legislation to halt the nasty incidents against women including acid throwing, torture in all shapes and women’s harassment. She said that the stoppage of heinous crimes against women would help a lot to empower the women and building the capacity of them to including them in stream of national development and prosperity by ensuring active participation in national policy making on priority.
She said that the provincial government has established the free help lines in all the districts of Punjab in a bid to halt crimes against women, besides, promoting awareness about rights in the society and providing them a secured atmosphere as well, saying that now society or nation could develop without the education and development of the women and non could negate the significance of the women in nation-building and national development.
Provincial minister revealed that the government has also increased the quota of the women in government departments from five percent to 15 percent. She disclosed that the “Rozgar Bank” was also being established across Punjab in which the women would get their special 30 percent quota.
Provincial Minister Hameeda Waheed ud Din disclosed that the Punjab government has allocated special funds of Rs. 1.86 billion during the current fiscal budget of year 2014-15 to ensure the pivotal role of the women in economical and social sectors.
She said that the provincial government was also encouraging the establishment of the hostels for the working women in the province for providing the better and secured residential facilities to working women closer to their work places as well, saying that the PML-N government has decided to introduce a Special Voucher Scheme for the welfare of the working women across. Under this scheme, the government would issue the special vouchers to working women, enabling them to get free residential facilities in government hostels after showing their special vouchers.
She said that as many as 118702 women in Punjab has yet got the easy and soft terms loans under the Punjab Chief Minister’s Self Employment Scheme for women empowerment , saying that as many as 42 percent women could get these loans under this scheme during the fiscal year 2014-15.
Provincial Minister narrated that as many as 800,000 women across Punjab would be given the necessary training of advanced skills under Punjab CM’s Skill Development Scheme during the next four years, as the provincial government would provide them the employment opportunities to these women after getting the skills development training in Punjab.