The Centre 25 November 2017 approved setting up of ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendras’ across 115 most backward districts of the country through a new scheme for reaching out to rural women and facilitating skill development, employment, digital literacy, health, and nutrition.
The government also approved expanding the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme from 161 districts to 640 districts in the country, as well as 150 additional ‘one-stop centers’ for the survivors of sexual violence along with seven other programmes that are part of the umbrella scheme the National Mission for Empowerment of Women.
The Union Cabinet has approved establishment of 920 Mahila Shakti Kendras at block-level in the 115 most backward districts. More than 3 lakh student volunteers from local colleges will be engaged in the process, while an association with the NSS/NCC students will also be explored. The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme, which aims at improving child sex ratio and curbing female infanticide, will also be expanded to 640 districts from the existing 161 districts.