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6000 Sakshar Mahila Samooh formed in Haryana

Haryana Government has earmarked Rs three crore for the implementation of Sakshar Mahila Samooh (SMS) scheme during the current financial year, Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kartar Devi said here today that about 6000 SMS (group of educated women) had already been formed under the programme, which has been included in the State Plan of Integrated Child Development Service Scheme.

She said that the Government had formed SMS in villages to create awareness among the people on key issues like sex ratio, literacy, health and nutrition education, opportunities for economic empowerment of women, hygiene, sanitation and environment.

The Minister said the SMS scheme also aimed at providing necessary resource support to the Gram Panchayat and its sub committee for effective discharge of functions assigned to them.

The sub-committees had enrolled all educated women in the villages who were at least matriculate including school going girls at plus two level and former members of Balika Mandals under Kishori Shakti Yojna.

The Minister said that UNICEF had agreed to provide technical support to organise workshop for participants from social sector, training of frontline workers and review of implementation of SMS programme.

It also agreed to provide an IT application of the SMS Child Tracking System, identify critical issues of intervention in various social sector areas, formulation of a strategy to address issues of female foeticide, explore private sector participation for increasing resources availability, analysing the conditions of women and children and monitoring the child rights convention.

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