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Many women has received money under economic empowerment

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

A large number of women in have received Rs 5000 as money under the Womens economic empowerment through scheme, a of Community and Rural Development department (CnRD) said today.

The scheme was launched by earlier this month targeting to benefit about four lakh women-headed families.

Following the launch, thousands of eligible beneficiaries were given the Rs 5000 cheque countersigned by the Block Development Officers, the told

Meanwhile, (NPP) lauded the scheme which aims to empower women but he questioned its timing and the part of the scheme.

"Why did the waste five years to take the programme out? I have also learnt that the is under severe financial crisis but it is at the same time distributing freebies in the form of money," James told

State also expressed similar views.

"You are aware they (government) have not done anything in the period they ruled the state for 15 years. ... Our voters are smart and you cannot fool them all the time," he said.

Four months ago, Saleng A Sangma had petitioned the about the scheme alleging it was more of a burden than an empowerment for women folks.

"What is happening is that MGNREGS wages deposited in the of the women folks are being deducted to repay the loans which they have never taken," Saleng alleged.

Defending his decision to roll out the scheme which aimed at financially empowering women, the has said, "The mandate for the is for five years. Constitutionally and legally, the government is bound to work and every hour and every minute counts."

Denying that it is a political gimmick, he said the has also undertaken large-scale social mobilisation to make potential beneficiaries aware of the schemes for a very long time and BDOs are working on who should be the beneficiaries.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:05 IST