MAHILA SHAKTI KENDRA (MSK) SCHEME
Context: In a written reply to Lok Sabha, information about women empowerment was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani.
ABOUT MAHILA SHAKTI KENDRA SCHEME
Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) Scheme, under Ministry of Women and Child Development, was approved in November, 2017 as a centrally sponsored scheme to empower rural women through community participation. AIM: The major aim of the scheme is to facilitate inter-sectoral convergence of schemes and programs meant for women both at the Central and State/UT level. The scheme envisages community engagement through College Student Volunteers in 115 aspirational districts as part of block level initiatives; District Level Centre for Women (DLCW) in 640 districts to facilitate women centric schemes and provide foothold for BBBP scheme; State Resource Centre for Women to support respective government in implementation of women centric schemes/programmes and also function as Project Management Unit for BBBP Scheme with separate funds allocated for State/UT level activities. In the first year (2017-18), DLCW will be set up in 220 districts, in the second year 220 new districts will be covered and in the third year (2019 – 20) 200 new districts will be covered. Block Level initiative will cover 115 most backward blocks (as identified by NITI Aayog) District level Centre for Women (DLCW) has been set up in 14 districts out of 32 approved districts in Tamil Nadu namely, Salem, Chennai, Cuddalore, Virudhanagar, Perambalur, Villupuram, Namakkal, Thiruvannamalai, Trichy, Thiruvallur, Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Theni and Vellore. As per MSK Scheme guidelines, at the district level, District Level Task force with District Collector/District Magistrate as the Chair acts as the Selection Committee for recruitment of DLCW staff. FUNDING: MSK will be implemented with a cost sharing pattern between the Central Government and the States as 60:40, except in respect of North Eastern and Special Category States where the cost sharing ratio shall be 90:10. In the UTs the scheme will be implemented with 100% central funds. All payments made under the scheme must be through PFMS under DBT mode.
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