Uttar Pradesh is going to launch the fourth phase of its women empowerment programme, Mission Shakti, on May 6, focusing on safety, employment and hygiene.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ambitious Mission Shakti aims to uplift and benefit women from all sections of society.
Director of Women’s Welfare Manoj Rai said that the efforts of the Women’s Welfare department during the coming week would be primarily focused around prevention of child marriage and eradication of child labour.
“Under Mission Shakti Phase 4.0, we will conduct a massive ‘Operation Mukti’ campaign for creating awareness against child marriage and rescuing child labourers from May 1 to 7. During the campaign, Women and Child Development department will coordinate with district magistrate, police, departments related to health, labour, education and child services and nutrition among others, along with Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU), Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), child welfare committees, District Legal Services Authority, voluntary organisations and various childline representatives,” Rai said.
Under the campaign, the entire operation will be conducted by dividing the work among teams of different departments concerned. The predetermined protocol will be followed and the identity of the children will be kept confidential. All the departments concerned will be informed before the rescue and later food, travel, medical, shelter, homecoming facilities will be arranged without delay for the rescued children.
With the objectives of safety, dignity and self-reliance of women and children, Mission Shakti was launched by 27 departments on October 17, 2020. Moving beyond women and working towards creating gender equality, the flagship campaign of the Yogi Adityanath government has sensitised over 8.7 crore people between April 2020 and December 2021.
‘Haq Ki Baat Ziladhikari Ke Saath’, ‘Gudda-Guddi Board’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Ananta’, ‘Betiyon Se Samman’, ‘Gender Champions and Meritorious Girls’ Honour’, ‘Prashasan ki Paathshala’, Awareness of mental health and psychosocial issues, were some of the major programmes conducted under the campaign .