CHILD DEVELOPMENT

  • Not in favour of reducing juvenile age from 18 to 16 years: Maneka Gandhi December 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on THursday made it clear that it is not in favour of reducing juvenile age from 18 to 16 years but is proposing changes in processes related to treatment of heinous offences committed by those in 16 to 18 age group. In a written reply in Rajya...
  • Bilaspur tragedy: All invasive procedures must be done institutionally, says Maneka Gandhi November 14, 2014

    Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi called the Bilaspur incident as a very unfortunate one. "The one lesson we have learned from this is that all invasive procedures must be done institutionally," said Gandhi. ...
  • Bihar working on nutrition policy to fight malnourishment August 10, 2014

    With estimated 50 per cent of children in Bihar found underweight due to malnourishment, the state government is in the process of drafting a nutritional policy to cut down malnourishment rate to 20 per cent in another four years. "The state social welfare department is working on nutritional policy, 2014 to...
  • Divide in Modi Cabinet, Maneka Gandhi's plan to strengthen NCW hits Law Ministry roadblock August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Two important central ministries are at loggerheads. Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's plan to strengthen the National Commission for Women has met with a roadblock from the Law Ministry, said sources on Friday. Maneka had sent a proposal to the Law Ministry to strengthen the...
  • Iron pills to be distributed among school children in Uttarakhand July 9, 2014

    Iron folic acid tablets will be distributed among over eight lakh children of Uttarakhand every week to help them fight the problem of anemia. Citing the findings of National Health Survey which has found the problem of anemia rampant among children in Uttarakhand, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar said 8,49,000 identified children...
  • Government considers proposal to give power to arrest to NCW July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is mulling giving punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to National Commission for Women (NCW) in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place and plans to extend NCW's jurisdiction to Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry of Women and Child Development...
  • Rape Crisis Centres in each district of Uttar Pradesh by end of 2014: Maneka Gandhi June 2, 2014

    Calling the gangrape and murder of two girls in Badaun a "terrible" case and Uttar Pradesh government "insensitive", Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday said the Centre would set up Rape Crisis Centres in all districts of the state by yearend. "Insensitive, they are. I say this...
  • Badaun gangrape: Maneka Gandhi to set up centres for rape survivors June 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday insisted that her department was taking the Badaun gangrape case very seriously and it topped their priority list. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, the newlyinducted Minister also said that rape crisis centres would be set up by...
  • Superintendent of Kanya Ashram, her husband booked for sexually assaulting two girls March 8, 2014

    Two minor girls of a residential school in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district were allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by husband of its superintendent over past few months, police said on Saturday. Police have booked the superintendent of Kanya Ashram, located in Dhanora village, and her husband in this connection. "A case was registered...
  • Nitish Kumar releases 8th report card of state government's performance November 25, 2013

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday showcased his government's performance on completion of eight years in office, his first sans BJP. Flanked by his cabinet colleagues, Kumar presented the state government's annual report card at a public function in Patnalisting achievements in infrastructure like reducing road journey from far off...
  • Every 3rd child in Modi's Gujarat is underweight, claims CAG October 4, 2013

    The CAG has lambasted the working of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Gujarat, which is aimed at fighting malnutrition among children, saying that every third child in the state is underweight. "Though there were 223.16 lakh eligible beneficiaries under Supplementary Nutrition (SN) programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme...
  • 6 months after announcement, Nirbhaya fund still remains only on paper August 25, 2013

    New Delhi: As another gangrape in Mumbai shocks the country, questions are being raised on the status of 1000 crore Nirbhaya fund announced by the Finance Minister P Chidambaram in his budget speech. The opposition and women rights activists have questioned the delay in creating the corpus. The government had...
  • 27 complaints of irregularities received in Integrated Child Development Scheme August 23, 2013

    The Ministry of Women and Child Development has received 27 complaints of irregularities in distribution and management of supplementary nutrition programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme during the last one year. The highest number of complaints were reported from Uttar Pradesh --11, Maharashtra reported four, three from Rajasthan, two each...
  • Helpline set up to curb growing incidents of suicide June 9, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Concerned over the rise in the number of suicides, Gandhinagar police have launched a helpline to offer counselling to people and dissuade them from taking the extreme step, a senior police official said in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The helpline named 'Jindagi' was launched by the state capital police on...
  • Tirath to approach Health Ministry on abortion pills June 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Concerned over the unchecked sale of abortion pills, Women and Child Development minister Krishna Tirath is planning to write to Health ministry seeking measures to regulate the sale of such medicines. Official sources said that Tirath, who is on a visit abroad, would soon be sending Health Minister...
  • Audit critical of India's scheme to feed hungry children March 8, 2013

    NEW DELHI: Poor management, financial irregularities and weak implementation are plaguing India's massive state-run scheme to feed children, a government audit has found, hindering the country's efforts to fight malnutrition in almost half its child population. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme has been running for almost 40 years -...
  • Women and Child Development Ministry for stricter antirape law January 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has suggested few measures to ensure safety of women in the country. Apart from pushing for stricter laws that inculcate the fear of crime and need for gender sensitisation, the ministry has also asked for a special cadre to be formed...
  • Govt to launch characterbuilding scheme for boys December 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Against the brutal gangrape case in the city, the government on Wednesday decided to launch a new scheme aimed at building character of adolescent boys and changing their mindset towards women. Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said that a proposal in this regard would be brought...
  • 'Wages for homemakers' evokes mixed response September 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Women and Child Development Ministry's proposal of salaries for housewives has elicited mixed reactions. While the husbands are still figuring out the details, women's rights groups claim it's not a well thoughtout proposal. 'Homemakers should be empowered and paid to maintain their households' was an idea that the Women...
  • India's children neither healthy nor happy: report July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: India fares poorly among middleincome countries when it comes to overall wellbeing of children even as the world witnessed significant progress in child health, education and nutrition during the last decade. India has slipped by 12 ranks since 1995 and is placed 112th in the global "Child Development Index"...
  • Aamir to spread awareness against malnutrition June 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Actor Aamir Khan, who has been earning accolades for highlighting social issues through his TV programme, will soon be seen spreading awareness about the problem of malnutrition as part of a major publicity campaign by the government. "The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has planned a major information,...
  • Bihar measures to eradicate child labour May 7, 2012

    Patna: The Bihar government has undertaken a slew of measures, including constituting a flying squad to eradicate child labour from the state. The flying squad would carry out raids to free working children and file a case against their employer, Principal Secretary (Labour) Vyasji told a seminar 'Child Rights and...
  • K'taka: Lokayukta police raids IAS officer March 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The Karnataka Lokayukta police raided the house of an IAS officer and other officials of the Women and Child Welfare Department after CNNIBN reported on malnutrition deaths in Raichur. The ADGP of the Lokayukta Police said, "We had credible information that the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) run by...
  • First 1,000 days critical for a child's nutrition profile February 22, 2012

    Rohini Mukherjee Designation: Survey team leader of Hungama Report, Naandi Foundation; manages Global Partnerships, Institutional Learning & Education at Naandi Education: Master's degree in social work from Delhi University Career: Joined Naandi in 2005 as manager, Global Partnerships; prior to that she worked in remote rural areas of Bengal, where she was also...
  • Orissa minister resigns over scam February 5, 2011

    Bhubaneswar: Orissa's Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick today resigned in the wake of allegation of a Rs 700crore scam in purchase of dal for midday meal scheme and Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP). "I have tendered my resignation on my own on moral grounds for the interest of the BJD...
  • Govt drops plan to lower age for consensual sex February 1, 2011

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has dropped a controversial clause seeking to make nonpenetrative sex by 12yearold children legal. The clause has been dropped from the draft Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2010. The ministry has sent the draft Bill to the states for their...
  • Sacked NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh may join BJP March 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Days after being sacked from the National Commission for Women, Nirmala Venkatesh defended herself for giving a clean chit to the state government over the pub attacks. Venkatesh has hit out at Renuka Choudhary for sacking her. In her report, Venkatesh had remarked about the attack on women by...
  • Pub attack: Sacked NCW member cries conspiracy March 2, 2009

    New Delhi: A press conference by sacked National Commission of Women member Nirmala Venkatesh turned ugly on Monday when a heated argument broke out between her and a journalist. The exchange of words turned into a fullfledged verbal fight. The press conference happened in Bangalore where Venkatesh said her sacking...
  • NCW rejects report | Watch: Defiant Nirmala speaks February 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The differences within the NCW over Mangalore pub attack probe deepened on Friday with the Commission rejecting a report by one its members who had drawn the ire of a Union Minister but she retaliated by saying that she stood by her observations and would not step down. ...
  • NCW backtracks, says okay with Ministry's team February 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has rejected the controversial report filed by its member Nirmala Venkitesh on the Mangalore pub attack. This comes as bad news for Venkatesh who was yesterday slapped with a show cause notice by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for alleged...