All Non-Working Mothers Will Get Rs 20,000 In This State! Big Social Reform Unleashed
In an initiative targeted for select female sets in the North-east Indian state, the Sikkim government will give Rs 20,000 each to all the non-working mothers in the state, and free sanitary napkins to girls in the state from Class 9 and above.
An initiative announced on March 5, ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang announced to soon implement two schemes, namely the ‘Aama Yojana’ and ‘Bahini Yojana’ for mothers and girls in the state, respectively.
Here’s everything you need to know about these two initiatives taken by the Sikkim government, set to implement soon.
What is Aama Yojana?
‘Aama’ means mother in the Nepali language.
Aama Yojana is a scheme targeted by the Sikkim Government for all the non-working mothers in the state.
Under this initiative, the state Government will provide non-working mothers in the state with Rs 20,000 each, on an annual basis.
This initiative is targeted to inculcate the habit of savings among the non-working mothers.
Tamang has earmarked a total sum of Rs 100 crore in the budget for this scheme and only those non-working mothers with their names listed on the electoral roll of the state, will be given the money.
The sum will be transferred to the individual’s bank accounts, as the scheme is set to implement starting this year. All the required formalities for the efficient implementation of the scheme is currently under process, states a PTI report.
What is Bahini Yojana?
‘Bahini’ in Nepali language means sister.
Under the Bahini Yojana, the Sikkim government will give free sanitary pads to female students in the state studying in class 9 and above.
The state houses over 18,000 girl students studying in class 9 and above.
Through the scheme, the state government aims to cut the rate of annual dropout of female students from schools due to the lack of either availability or accessibility of sanitary pads.
PTI states that the state government will also establish sanitary napkin vending machines in schools, to increase awareness and sensitisation programmes about menstrual health and hygiene among students.