Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit took part in Thursday's National Development Council (NDC) meeting and stressed upon the need to include the welfare of the poor in the national inclusive development process.
"Other groups and other sections of the people should not be excluded. There is a need to take care of the most prominent groups that suffer exclusion are women and girls," she also said.
Joining Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in condemning all incidents of violence and sexual assault against women, Dikshit said there is a dire need to assure them of their safety and security.
"It is shameful that such incidents are still taking place in the city and other parts of the country. My government has taken number of measures to make women feel safer and more protected," Dikshit said.
Elaborating on the several measures that her government had undertaken, Dikshit stated that a dedicated round the clock women in distress helpline-181 would be made functional within couple of days in her office.
"We have provided 50 percent reservation for women in three municipal corporations. We are also pitching for 33 percent women reservation in police force. The government has requested Delhi Police to deploy more PCR vans, widely publicize police protocols and impart training to police personnel for dealing with the common man. On the request of the city government, the Honourable High Court has decided to commission five fast track courts at the earliest. Apart from this, a consistent social campaign of reaching out to men and women, and entire society through FM channels/advertisements/NGOs is also been launched," the chief minister said.
"The government has released more funds to ensure better reach out to programmes of Delhi Commission for Women. The Delhi Commission for Women under the city government would organize a Women Dignity March from Pragati Maidan to Rajghat on January 2, 2013. In Delhi, gender-based budgeting has been an integral part of all our budgets. In the current year's plan an amount of 1380/- crore has been earmarked exclusively for women. The government is implementing Ladli Scheme to encourage girls to education and Kishori Scheme which ensures free distribution of sanitary napkins to adolescent girls. The government has enhanced one time financial assistance from 25,000/- to 30,000/- for widows' daughter marriage," she added. (ANI)