Mahila Shakti Kendras (MSK)

Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme
Rural women more often than not have been subjected to an environment of oppression and negligence. Therefore, it is important to implement well structured schemes to provide them a fighting chance for themselves. The ‘Mahila Shakti Kendra’ scheme, is one such scheme that is dedicated towards the empowerment of subdued and untended women in rural areas. 
What is the Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme?
The MSK scheme aspires to establish a single uniform convergent aid system for rural women. The MSK would provide services which would support and increase self-sufficiency rates amongst rural women. 
  • Most rural women find it extremely difficult to get access to proper education, facilities, career opportunities, nutrition and health guidance etc. The MSK scheme intends to make available for rural women these amenities which will further help them in establishing a stable independent socio-economic life. 
  • The Mahila Shakti Kendra scheme is a sub category under the Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shashaktikaran Yojana (PMMSY) scheme. 
  • This scheme was implemented to provide support to rural women by furnishing them with a single interface. This allows women to avail the benefits of this scheme by establishing contact with the government. 
  • During the first phase of the implementation of the scheme (2017-2018), 220 districts were said to be covered. 2018-2019 would see the administration of this scheme in 220 other districts. While 2019-2020 would see the remaining 200 districts covered under the scheme. 
  • The funding was said to be fractioned in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and the state. However, for the northeastern states and states falling under the special category, the funding would be divided in the ratio of 90:10. Whereas, 100% of the funding will be given to the Union Territories. 
What are the benefits of the Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme?
  • The interface available to rural women would be a platform for them to benefit from the services provided under the scheme. The benefits include – 
  1. Development and honing of skills present in them
  2. Providing an increment in the employment opportunities available for them
  3. Promote and impart literacy through digital means and 
  4. Taking care of their health and nutritional requirements
  • Creating and spreading awareness amongst rural women. 
  • Promotion of a voluntary community service through the help of student volunteers. Students today are bright and revolutionary. Therefore, they can be best described as the change that the world is about to experience. 
  • Therefore, student volunteers can prove to be valuable in encouraging change in rural society, help rural people develop their mindset and ways of living. 
  • They can also play a very important role in generating awareness about the implementation of the different government schemes. Not only that, students with their unique approach can also alter the social constructs in rural areas and eradicate the deep rooted social evils in society. This can create a positive impact on the lives of thousands of rural women. 
  • Student volunteers play a part in the block level implementation of MSK. 
  • At the National level and the State level, MSK will be implemented on a technical basis. This technical support will be provided to the respective authorities on women oriented problems. 
  • The district and the block level will provide direct aid to MSK as well as a stable ground for several other women empowerment schemes. One such scheme is the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme to be implemented in 640 districts gradually. 
Has the Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme been implemented to its full potential?
  • The Modi Government had promised the implementation of this scheme across 640 districts by 2020. However, as per the RTI, only 24 out of 640 districts had seen the administration of the DLCW (District Level Centre for Women) under this scheme even in 2019. Out of these 22 districts, 5 are the most rural and backward areas of India. 
  • Even though Bihar got a funding of Rs. 12.8 crore, none of the DLCWs  have been activated. Bihar itself houses 10 out of 25 of the most backward districts of India. 
  • In a similar way, Jharkhand has 19 out of an entirety of 115 backward districts. Even though Jharkhand received a funding of Rs. 18.65 crore, none of the DLCWs have been made operational. 
  • The RTI has also claimed that no state has submitted any reports on the activation and operational status of the scheme. 
  • This scheme had been introduced specially for the upliftment of rural women and to help them become self-reliant. However, the inadequacy of the implementation and the lack of proper functionality of the scheme shows that not many such women will be able to enjoy the promised claims under this. 
The Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme is another worded attempt to empower women. Even though some may argue that women today have access to equal rights, one question remains. Are the rights implemented? 

By shristi | Updated on Tue, September 29, 2020 - 10:37:02 AM

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