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Surguja: This district in Chhattisgarh shows real picture of women empowerment

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tribes-women-india-adivasiBy NewsGram Staff Writer

One of the poorest districts in Chhattisgarh, Surguja, has made it to the textbook of Chhattisgarh Education Board as a success story of women empowerment.

Between 2010 to 2012, more than 400 children died due to malnutrition. As reported by a national daily, last month, the administration identified over 400 children in the district who were in need of “assistance”.

But now the district has a different story to tell. The problem of malnutrition has been successfully checked in a tactful manner by the district by empowering the women.

As per the report, the women of the Oraon tribe, one of the poorest in Chhattisgarh, now run pig farms and brick kilns, work as masons, contractors and suppliers in various departments, run the Collectorate canteen and supervise its parking area, and also drive auto-rickshaws.

The women were encouraged to form a self help group (SHG) with government aid. They are given proper training as per their skills and preferences. Later, with the help of a loan, they begin their ventures, with the assurance that their products would be bought by government departments.

The District Collector, Ritu Sain, initiated a 15 month drive to ensure that every woman between the ages of 18 and 60 in the district and coming from a poor family would be a part of any of the various self help groups.

“A scheme targeting malnourishment based merely on supply of food or rations would work only for a limited period. Economic empowerment of women is the best way to tackle malnutrition,” says Sain, as reported by The Indian Express.

Another program initiated by the Collector involves charting the health parameters of women of the district.

Reportedly more than 50,000 women have undergone a detailed check-up, revealing 315 cases of suspected breast cancer, 9,166 of suspected cervical cancer, 3,027 cases of cataract and 2,522 of anemia.

Surguja now has around 12,000 SHGs, employing at least 1.25 lakh women out of the district’s 3.25 lakh.

In a country like India, especially in places like the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, women empowerment doesn’t come easy. This indeed has made the district of Surguja exemplary. It is high time women start to take matters in their own hands, because the empowerment of women will definitely aid the progress of the nation.

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Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns

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Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna, who has been vocal about several social issues especially those related to gender equality, believes that the best way for a woman to empower herself is through financial independence.

“We often tell women to speak up for themselves and to be fearless, but the fact is if you are not financially independent, then you have to toe the line and have to raise hand for the cheque,” she said.

“Economic indepence is the primary thing for all women out there. They should not rely on someone else for their needs, all should become self-reliant,” Twinkle Khanna said during the launch of her third book titled ‘Pyjamas are Forgiving’ on Wednesday.

Organised by YFLO Delhi, the event was moderated by renowned journalist Barkha Dutt.

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Twinkle Khanna, Wikimedia Commons

Asked the reason for holding a political ideology different from her husband and actor Akshay Kumar’s opinions, Twinkle responded by saying: “We all have a right to vote which implies we all have a right to have different opinions,” she said.

At the same time, the “Mela” actress expressed her concern over people’s ruthless attitude towards someone who has a different opinion in the society.

She said: “Be it colour, cast, nationality or opinion, we all are shunning people who are different from us. And through this we end up learning nothing. We all are living in an eco-chamber.

“It is good to have different opinions as it will help people to learn more about things in a different manner.”

Twinkle Khanna, who talked about botox quite a number of times, has once again urged women not to give unecessary heed to cosmetic treatments in order to look younger.

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The 43-year-old mother of two children said: “Ageing is a strange thing. When women cross 40, they start panicking about their looks and start getting cosmetic treatments.

“Rather bothering about looks, women should invest in their skills and try to develop a mind. If you have skills, automatically all heads will turn for you no matter what the looks are. ”

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Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns. (IANS)