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Madhya Pradesh pioneer in women empowerment, says Yashodhara Raje

BHOPAL: Women’s empowerment is basic mantra of social development since families can be developed when girls’ future is brightened. This was stated by Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia while addressing Madhya Pradesh Day function at International Trade Fair at Lal Chowk theatre in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Tuesday.

Theme of International Trade Fair is women’s empowerment this year and stall of Madhya Pradesh also profusely highlights this aspect. Scindia said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had started Ladli Laxmi Yojana realising this fact several years ago. Now, many states of the country are replicating this scheme.

This ambitious scheme has resulted in acceptance of girl child since through the scheme girls become owners of Rs 1.18 lakh on attaining age of 18 years. She also enumerated a number of schemes implemented by the state government for women’s empowerment like Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana.

Scindia said that it is the result of committed efforts of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to make agriculture profitable that double digit agriculture growth rate has been achieved in the state for consecutive 3 years.

State’s present agriculture growth rate 24.99 per cent is highest in the country. She said that this fact has been highlighted properly in Madhya Pradesh’s stall apart from laudable display of various aspects of state’s increasing industrialization, tourism and development.

The Minister rewarded government and private sector institutions for outstanding performance in the stall. In government sector, Renewable Energy Department was adjudged best. The award was received by Additional Chief Secretary SR Mohanthy. Madhya Pradesh Tourism was awarded in fiscal sector. In private sector, Shakti Pump Indore and Fancy Global Gwalior were awarded. Jury special prizes went to Batto Bai Gudiya, Madhya Pradesh Dairy Federation and Health & Family Welfare Department.