Chhattisgarh has become the top state in attaining sustainable development goal in gender equality as per the Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goal Index 2020-21 report released on Thursday.
Along with making a place in the top five sustainable development goals, the state is also among the performing states with an overall index score of 61 along with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
The top five indicators of development are no poverty, zero hunger, health, education and gender equality.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) India Index evaluates the progress of states and Union Territories with a qualitative assessment on 17 goals on social, economic and environmental parameters.
Last year, Chhattisgarh witnessed high women participation in MGNREGA, with women securing Rs 4.65 crore paid employment out of Rs 9.17 crore generated, an official communication said.
Women in Chhattisgarh made up for 50.75 percent of the workforce during the first four months of the current fiscal 2020-21. Also, 24.28 lakh women labourers got jobs during the different phases of Covid-induced lockdown.
Self-help groups in Chhattisgarh are a major contributor in economic empowerment of women. Twenty lakh women have got employment by linking with self-help groups.
Women also have 50 percent participation in panchayats in Chhattisgarh.
In Gauthans, women conduct many economic activities along with making vermin-compost. They earn from the minor forest produce they collect.
Chhattisgarh has embraced policies to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. This is why Chhattisgarh is also included in the top states of the country in sex ratio, the statement said.
The Chhattisgarh government has vowed to end all discrimination and violence against women and girls.The use of information and communication technology is promoted to empower women. The state has ensured ownership and control of women as per the law on land and property.