The ongoing development works at the local levels in Taplejung district have witnessed increasing participation of women.

Women participation in development works carried out by the local levels under the Prime Minister Employment Programme is visible in small irrigation projects, road construction, drinking water projects and building construction.

Women have made economic gains and attained good command of skills in the related fields after their increased involvement.

Shivamaya Siwa, a woman from Sidingwa Rural Municipality, said her schedules had changed in recent days after the project was implemented under the PMEP. "We have been working in construction of roads and irrigation canal. We have performed better than men," she said.

In Taplejung, 300 women have been directly working in development areas through the PMEP. Lila Gautam of Sirijunga Rural Municipality received cash for the first time last Sunday after working in this programme.

"I did not have my bank account. After the beginning of PMEP, I opened my bank account there and withdrew Rs 17,000 in cash as the first month's salary," 26-year-old Gautam said.

In Sirijunga Rural Municipality, altogether 63 women collected their first month's salary on Sunday for participation in development works under the PMEP.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 21, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.