550 Mahila Chaupals coming up in Haryana

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Rai, Nov 19 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder singh Hooda today said that as many as 550 Mahila Chaupals were being constructed in the state during this financial year to provide rural women with a platform to gather and discuss important community matters.

The CM was addressing the state level Panchayat Mahila and Yuva Shakti Abhiyan Sammelan, organised by the Panchayat department in HSIIDC grounds here to mark the 91st birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Paying rich tributes to late Mrs Gandhi, the CM said that the great leaders would always be remembered for her efforts in protecting the interests of womenfolk, launching of social welfare programmes and creating a new sense of responsibility among the youths of the country.

Mr Hooda stressed that the self confidence among the youth and women would help in bringing social awareness among the people and also in contributing for nation development.

"The female foeticide is a blot on the society and the women have to play an important role to curb this social evil," he said and added that the government had launched several schemes for all round development of the better half of the society.

After the 73rd amendment in the Panchayati Raj Act, he said, the number of the Mahila panchayat representatives in all three tyres of the panchayati raj institutions had increased up to 25,000 out of total 69277 seats. Besides handing over the responsibility of about 10 government departments to the gram panchayats, the state government had given 33 per cent reservation in teaching department and 25 per cent reservation in admissions in it is to the women, he added.

Earlier, the CM inaugurated a Chaupal Health Community Centre at village Baiyanpur and announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund for the centre. The gram panchayat had donated two acres of land for the centre.

He also laid the foundation stones of a Rs 10 crore Library and Computer Centre and a Rs 9.50 crore Convention Centre at Deenbabdhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal.

The CM also inaugurated a three-bays newly constructed bus stand at Kharkhoda, constructed in an area of 25 Kanals at a cost of Rs 1.10 crore. The land was acquired in Rs 27.95 lakh by the Transport department.

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