Hyderabad: The Telangana government on 7 March announced that on the occasion of international women's day, the state has declared special casual leave for all women in the state on 8 March.

Chief secretary Somesh Kumar released an order from Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

KCR conveyed his greetings to the women of Telangana on the occasion of international women's day. He said women play a key role in development and they are competing with men in all fields and excelling. Women, who constitute 50 per cent of the population, would do wonders if they were given a chance, he added.

He said the state government is taking a slew of measures for women's development and progress, including setting up of SHE teams, pensions for elderly women, single woman, and widows, schemes like Shadi Mubarak and Kalyan Laxmi, KCR Kits, and increase in salaries of ASHA workers, Anganwadi teachers. Telangana is at the forefront of women's welfare, KCR said.

The chief secretary, Mr. Kumar, in his order cited that on 4 August 2010, the government had declared special casual leave on 8 March for all women employees in the state on the occasion of international women's day. "The government after consideration, hereby reiterates the orders issued in the government order cited and instructs the concerned authorities to take necessary action accordingly," said Mr. Kumar.

Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh government had announced a special day off for all women working in the police department. Meanwhile, the state government has said that it will set up 2,000 stands with QR code to facilitate easy download of Disha app. It will also conduct short film competitions on women's safety and empowerment.

The state government will provide a 10 per cent discount on the purchase of mobile phones at selected shopping malls to women who download the Disha app. It will organize annual health check-ups for Anganwadi employees.

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