Bhopal: Observing the increasing empowerment of women in the Panchayat system, the Madhya Pradesh government is going to encourage their participation in the major rural schemes and development programmes in their villages.

In the directives issued to the District Magistrates by the state government, they have been asked to involve women Panchayat heads in programmes in which they can fulfill their responsibility in a positive manner.

In the circular forwarded to the district magistrates, a call has been given to utilize the energy and experience of the women elected as Panch in the panchayats for the major schemes being run in the rural areas.

The schemes in which the participation of the women Panch has been called include Mid-Day meal, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Samagra Swachata Abhiyan and other health and village development programmes.

The women need to ensure that all children of the village are attending schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. They are required to supervise the mid-day meal program and check whether the kids are provided healthy and hygienic food on time. The women Panch will also be entrusted the additional responsibility to ensure that the mothers are enrolled in the roster and every mother gets food as mentioned in the scheme.

Under the Samagra Swachata Abhiyan the women Panch will have to check that every school has clean and separate toilets for boys and girls and keep an eye on the cleanliness and sanitation in the village. They will also keep themselves updated about the vaccination of the village children.

They will ensure their maximum contribution in the empowerment of the women and enlighten them to adopt better child care, cleanliness habits and family planning. The women Panch will also play a prominent role in deciding which developmental policies require the utmost attention and need to be taken care on priority basis.