C’garh tops gender equality in sustainability index
Chhattisgarh became the first state to achieve the gender equality sustainable development goal according to Niti Aayog’s 2020-21 Sustainable Development Goals Index report released on Thursday.
In addition to being among the top five Sustainable Development Goals, the state is also among the performing states with an overall index of 61, along with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
The five main development indicators are freedom from poverty, zero hunger, health, education and gender equality.
The India Index of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) assesses the progress of States and Union territories with a qualitative assessment of 17 goals on social, economic and environmental parameters.
Last year, Chhattisgarh witnessed a high participation of women in MGNREGA, with women getting paid employment of Rs 4.65 crore out of Rs 9.17 crore generated, according to an official communication.
Women in Chhattisgarh made up 50.75% of the workforce in the first four months of the current 2020-21 fiscal year. In addition, 24.28 lakh female workers obtained employment during the various phases of the Covid-induced lockdown.
Self-help groups in Chhattisgarh greatly contribute to the economic empowerment of women. Twenty Lakh women have obtained employment by joining self-help groups.
Women also participate 50 percent in the panchayats of Chhattisgarh.
In Gauthans, women carry out many economic activities in addition to making vermin-compost. They derive their income from the small forest products they collect.
Chhattisgarh has adopted policies to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. This is why Chhattisgarh is also among the top states in the country in terms of sex ratio, according to the statement.
The Chhattisgarh government is committed to ending all discrimination and violence against women and girls. The use of information and communication technologies is encouraged to empower women. The state guaranteed ownership and control of women in accordance with the land and property law.