Raj govt to move SC on women's scheme

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Jaipur, Sep 27 (UNI) The Rajasthan Government will file an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the High Court stay against the implementation of the Bhamashah Women's Empowerment Scheme.

The government was contemplating to move the apex court and was discussing the aspects of the case with legal experts, ruling BJP General Secretary Gopinath Munde told reporters here today.

A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice RC Gandhi and Justice RS Chauhan had stayed the scheme's implementation yesterday while hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by a citizen Mohan Lal.

The court had issued notices to Finance Secretary and Chief Electoral Officer directing them to file reply by three weeks.

The scheme implemented in the state since July 7, is aimed at financial inclusion of women by opening 50 lakh saving bank accounts in the name of woman head of family. The state government has been paying Rs 1,500 for credit in each of such account.

The petitioner had challenged the implementation of the scheme saying this led to gender discrimination and was an attempt of the ruling party to lure women voters ahead of the assembly elections.

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