Delhi Government to engage 4000 women health workers: CM

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the Delhi Government would engage 4000 women health workers to look into the problems being faced by women belonging to weaker sections of society.

These 4000 women health workers would be engaged on the same pattern of Anganwari workers and would be trained professionally to help women address health issues.

Speaking to mediapersons after laying the foundation of a working women's hostel and crisis prevention centre at Rohini in North-West Delhi, Ms Dikshit said 13 more working women's hostels would be constructed in various parts of the Capital.

She further said that 25 working women's hostels are already functional in the Capital. More working women's hostel proposed to come up at Dhirpur, Bawana, Shakur Basti and Narela would help women working in West or North-West Delhi.

Ms Dikshit said the Delhi government is concerned about women empowerment and is implementing various schemes and programmes for their uplift and betterment.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are continuously emphasizing the overall development of Indian women, she said.

She said the Centre had already launched the 'ASHA' scheme to meet challenges about the health issues related to women.

Speaking at the event in the presence of Delhi Social Welfare Minister Yoganand Shastri, Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar, area MLA Kulawant Rana and attended by a large number of women, Ms Dikshit said, ''the Delhi Government is aware of the needs and expectations of the Anganwari workers. State Government had released Rs 6 crore in March to release pending salary/honorarium to Anganwari workers, withheld earlier due to non-release of funds from the Centre.

''Now we have been able to persuade the Government of India to release funds in instalments,'' she said and assured that Anganwari workers will get honorarium before Diwali.

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