Centre to launch Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of
adolescent girls (RGSEAG-SABLA) over Bundelkhand
In the midst of the bitter turf war between the Centre and state over
Bundelkhand, here comes another sop for the parched and impoverished region.
Come mid-November and the Union
ministry of women and child development is all set to launch the Rajiv
Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of adolescent girls (RGSEAG-SABLA) in 22 select
districts in UP. By a "happy coincidence" the list for the 100 per cent funded
project includes five districts Chitrakoot, Lalitpur, Banda, Mahoba and
Jalaun from Bundelkhand.
The selection, the letter sent from the ministry to the department of women
and child welfare clarifies, is made "on the basis of a compromise index based
on indicators relevant to the condition of adolescent girls (AGs) across the
country". Nestled among the beneficiary AGs in naxal infested areas like
Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Chandauli, Shrawasti (one of the top districts in the
country notorious for child marriages) are their counterparts from Rahul and
Sonia Gandhi's constituencies -- Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharajnagar and Rae Bareli
as well. Apart from these, the group has Lucknow, Agra, Bijnor, Saharanpur,
Bulandshahr, Farrukhabad, Sitapur, Deoria and Bahraich.
The scheme aims at improving the nutrition and health status by promoting
awareness about health, hygiene, adolescent reproductive and sexual health apart
from upgrading their home based skills for the target group which will also have
substantial numbers from the out of school segment, said Balvinder Kumar,
principal secretary in the department of women and child welfare.