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MP govt hikes financial aid, 35% reservation in govt jobs for women

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 27 August raised the financial aid given to women in the Ladli Behna Scheme from ₹1,000 to ₹1,250 per month. Apart from this, the MP CM also announced 35 percent reservation for them in government jobs and said cooking gas cylinders will be provided to women at ₹450 in August to mark ‘Sawan’.

Under Ladli Behna Yojana

  • The CM said that 1.25 crore women will get 1,250 (under Ladli Behna Yojana) from 1 October and the amount will gradually be hiked to 3,000 per month so that the aim of uplifting the economic and social condition of women is fulfilled.
  • Under the Ladli Behna Yojana, which started on 10 June this year, a sum of ₹3,628.85 crore has been given as financial aid to eligible women, says the government data.
  • Women in the 23-60 age group get ₹1,000 per month under the scheme if they are not income tax payees and the annual income of their families is less than Rs 2.5 lakh annually.
  •  CM adding that the state government aimed to raise the income of women to at least 10,000 per month.
  • He also said that from the current 30 percent, the reservation for women in government jobs has been raised to 35 percent, while it will be 50 percent in teachers’ recruitment.

In MP, women voters outnumber their male counterparts in at least 18 of the 230 Assembly seats, including in tribal-dominated areas like Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori, Alirajpur, and Jhabua. Since 2018, the number of new women voters in MP rose by 2.79 percent, while it is 2.30 percent for male voters, officials said. Of the 13.39 lakh new voters, 7.07 lakh are women.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan;
  • Madhya Pradesh Capital: Bhopal;
  • Madhya Pradesh Governor: Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel.

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