Bhubaneswar, May 8 A new progressive policy for the girls and women in Odisha will be finalised soon after the new government takes over the charge of office, Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra said here today. UNI | 3 months ago

The statewide deliberations held during last one year on a progressive policy for Women & Girl Child has culminated in the meeting of a high level draft policy deliberation body here today under the chairmanship of Mr Mohapatra.

Secretary Women & Child Development Arati Ahuja presented the draft policy for discussion which aimed at creating an enabling environment for girls and women that promotes equal opportunities, eliminates discrimination and ensures holistic development and empowerment of women and girl children.

The policy, official sources said, has set the visions like enabling the girl and women to lead a life of dignity, enjoy health and well-being, have equal opportunities in all spheres of life, participate in social, political and economic spheres, and lead a safe, secure and self reliant life.

The guiding principles of the draft policy are Equity, Affirmative Action, Life Cycle Approach,Inclusion, Participation and Regional and Cultural Diversity.

Mr Mohapatra said the state government has made several deliberations on various aspects of the policy and input has been taken from cross sections and stake holders.The policy will be finalised after new government takes over the office.

The draft policy has several focus areas like Survival, Health & Nutrition, Education, Livelihood, Women in Formal Sector, Women in Informal Sector, Asset Ownership of women, Participation of women in Decision Making and Political Representation, Safety, Security and Protection of Women, Inclusion and empowerment of girls and women with special needs.

Around 27 district level consultations have been made in different parts of the state on topics like issues affecting rural and tribal women,employment opportunities and self employment of women, access to health education, legal service, political and public life, crime against women and security of girl child and women.

(Posted on 09-05-2014)