Jamshedpur : The benefits of Antyodaya Anna Yojana that ensures supply of 35 kg rice a month at the rate of Rs 2 to widows should be extended to all single women and families headed by women, Ekal Naari Sashakti Sangathan has demanded.
A delegation also handed over a memorandum to DC in this regard. President Tuki Rai Sinha said that the Supreme Court had directed all the State governments to give the Antyodaya scheme benefits to widows.
Around 3.4 crore women in the country lived alone, because of their widowhood or migration or abandonment by husbands. And one-fourth of the families were headed by women.
She said that the women movement should create an impact to change government policies for the benefit of single women.
Stating that society refused to see the reality of women’s pain, she said only through continuous struggles that a special law was enacted to deal with dowry deaths which were earlier dismissed as mere “accidents” due to stove bursts in the 1970s.