Raipur, 29 July 2022
On the occasion of ‘Hareli Tihaar’, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel flagged off Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath from his Raipur-based residence and conveyed his best wishes for the success of the initiative. The program commenced with the State Song of Chhattisgarh. Rath Yatra was flagged off with the slogan of “Baat Hai Abhimaan Ke, Mahila Man Ke Samman Ke”. Chhattisgarh State Commission for Women has taken this initiative of Nyay Rath Yatra intending to make women of the state aware of their constitutional rights and laws.
Under this initiative of the Chhattisgarh Women Commission for women empowerment, Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath Yatra will go from village to village in all the districts to create mass awareness about the legal provisions and constitutional rights of women. The Information regarding women’s rights and concerning laws will be spread through short films, messages and brochures. In the first phase, the Rath will cover nine districts of the state, starting from Durg. Through this Rath Yatra, women will also be provided free legal aid. Each Mahatari Nyay Rath will have two advocates, who will listen to the grievances of women and counsel them. Women will also be able to submit their applications to the State Women Commission through Nyay Rath. National award-winning short films in Chhattisgarhi and Hindi, based on various laws, will be screened on large LED screens during the Rath Yatra. The state government has made special changes in the DMF policy, to operate Mahtari Nyay Rath under DMF. CM Baghel also administered the oath of ensuring security, justice and empowerment of women. On this occasion, Women and Child Development Minister Anila Bhendia, Industries Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, Chairperson of Chhattisgarh State Women Commission Kiranmayi Nayak, Gauseva Commission Chairman Mahant Shri Ram Sundar Das, MLA Satyanarayan Sharma, Chairman of State Food Supply Corporation Ram Gopal Agrawal and a large number of people were present.
Chairperson of Chhattisgarh Women Commission Dr Kiranmayi Nayak said that it is very important for all the women, educated-uneducated, housewives-working, to be aware of the functions of the Women’s Commission, to be informed about the laws and rules, and to have the knowledge of their rights. And to make women of the state aware and informed about the context, Chhattisgarh Women Commission has started Mahtari Nyay Rath Yatra from the day of Hareli Tihar. With the help of Mahatari Nyay Rath, women will be informed about the process of applying to the Commission for redressal of their problems and free legal aid.
The Women Commission has already issued WhatsApp number 9098382225, on which women can register their complaints with the Commission. Dr Nayak said that in the last three and a half years, the state government has implemented many schemes to empower the mothers and sisters of Chhattisgarh socially, economically and politically. The success of these schemes has become an example for the entire country. Now, moving a step further, the Chhattisgarh Government has come up with another one-of-its-kind scheme to boost the confidence of women by making them aware of their legal rights. This scheme will play an important role in controlling the crimes against women in the state.
Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath will initially tour nine districts of the state that receive the Mineral Trust fund, i.e. Durg, Raipur, Rajnandgaon, Balodabazar-Bhatapara, Mahasamund, Janjgir-Champa, Gariaband, Dhamtari, Kanker. Later, Nyay Rath Yatra will cover the remaining districts of the state.