New Delhi , DEC 11|| News Desk

Synopsis:
Delhi Government either scraps or puts on hold many welfare schemes for girls and women launched by the Congress Government. Arvind Government files misleading affidavit in the court—Amrrita Dhawan.

Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president Ms. Amrrita Dhawan lashed out at the Arvind Government for not fulfilling its promise of distributing sanitary napkins to adolescent out of school girls from poor families free/or at concessional rates to help them maintain personal hygiene, but also scrapping many of the schemes initiated by the Congress Government for the welfare of girls and women.

Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Ms Amrrita Dhawan said that the Congress Government in Delhi had taken special initiative on August, 2010 to ensure menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in Government schools. She added that the Arvind Government had launched the Udaan Scheme in April 2019 with much fanfare by scrapping the Kishori Shakti Yojna started by the Congress Government headed by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, to provide sanitary napkins to 50,000 adolescent out of school girls and 6000 Asha (Anganwadi) Workers of Government schools, but during 2019-2020, only 30,000 girls were provided napkins for Rs 1 per sanitary napkins in a pack of six.

Ms. Amrrita Dhawan said that the Delhi Government had claimed, on affidavit, in the Delhi High Court that it was providing sanitary napkins free of cost in a pack of 10 to out of school girls under its Udaan scheme, but 10 napkins were never distributed. The Arvind Government had also falsely claimed in the High Court that 20,000 MCD girls and 6000 Asha workers will also get the same benefit, but these claims proved to be far from the truth, as in the 2020-2021 financial year, 76,000 girls have not got napkins for Rs 6 for a pack of 6 napkins, as the Delhi Government has not floated tenders for the same.

Ms Amrrita Dhawan said that girls in Government schools come largely from poor background where mothers are usually illiterate, and growing up girls are therefore not trained to handle physical changes in their body, and they tend to skip schools, even during examinations, and consequently, they suffer in their education. She said that the Congress Government took note of this problem in school-going girls, and decided to provide one pack of sanitary napkins every month to each girl from classes VI to XII in Government and aided schools.

Ms Amrrita Dhawan said that data from the Delhi Health Department shows that over 52 per cent adolescent girls in the 15-19 age group are anemic, and 32.2% girls in the 10-19 age groups are underweight, but the Arvind Government has not launched any scheme to addresses these problems. She said that the Delhi Government has not been maintaining the Kishori Health Cards for Adolescent Girls in Anganwadi Centres to record such information.

Ms. Amrrita Dhawan said that during the 15-year regime of the Congress Government, many schemes were launched, such as Ladli Yojna, Janani Surksha Yojana, Matri Sishu-Surksha Yojna, Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana, Delhi State Health Mission, Delhi Convergence Mission, Bhagidari Atta, Kerosene-free city, Annshree, and separate Department for Women and Child Development. She said that the Arvind Government has either scrapped many of these schemes, or put them on hold, to put added burden on girls from poor families, already stressed out by the Covid-19 pandemic financial ruin and unemployment.

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