Women empowerment issues – Jobs,Reservation and education

Budgetary increase for Lakhpati Didi Scheme

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Prelims level : Lakhpati Didi Scheme

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Introduction

  • The interim budget for 2024-25 has introduced an expansion of the ‘Lakhpati Didi’ scheme, designed to empower women’s self-help groups.

About ‘Lakhpati Didi’ Scheme

  • Launch: The ‘Lakhpati Didi’ Scheme was inaugurated on August 15, 2023.
  • Objective: The government aims to create two crore prosperous sisters in rural villages, aligning with the broader mission of poverty alleviation and economic empowerment.
  • Skill Training: Women participants receive skill training to enable them to earn an income exceeding Rs 1 lakh annually.
  • Technology Integration: Women’s self-help groups (SHGs) will have access to drones for agricultural activities, harnessing technology to transform rural agriculture while empowering women.

Leveraging Drone Technology

  • Drone Training: Approximately 15,000 women’s SHGs will undergo training in operating and repairing drones.
  • Income Generation: This initiative not only opens new avenues for income generation but also equips women with cutting-edge skills.
  • Agricultural Revolution: Drones hold the potential to revolutionize agriculture, facilitating precision farming, crop monitoring, and pest control.

Skill Diversification

  • Skill Development: Women under this scheme receive training in diverse skills such as LED bulb making, plumbing, and more.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Participants must be active members of self-help groups.

Application Process

  • Self-Help Groups: To apply for the ‘Lakhpati Didi’ Scheme, women should be part of self-help groups.
  • Local Anganwadi Centres: Additional information and application forms are available at local Anganwadi centres.

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