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Women & Child Development
Empowered women living with dignity and contributing as equal partners in development in an environment free from violence and discrimination. And, well-nurtured children with full opportunities for growth and development in a safe and protective environment.
Promoting social and economic empowerment of women through cross-cutting policies and programmes, mainstreaming gender concerns, creating awareness about their rights and facilitating institutional and legislative support for enabling them to realise their human rights and develop to their full potential.
The Department of Women and Child Development was set up in the year 1985 as a part of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to give the much needed impetus to the holistic development of women and children. With effect from 30.01.2006, the Department has been upgraded to a Ministry.
The broad mandate of the Ministry is to have holistic development of Women and Children. As a nodal Ministry for the advancement of women and children, the Ministry formulates plans, policies and programmes; enacts/ amends legislation, guides and coordinates the efforts of both governmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field of Women and Child Development. Besides, playing its nodal role, the Ministry implements certain innovative programmes for women and children. These programmes cover welfare and support services, training for employment and income generation, awareness generation and gender sensitization. These programmes play a supplementary and complementary role to the other general developmental programmes in the sectors of health, education, rural development etc. All these efforts are directed to ensure that women are empowered both economically and socially and thus become equal partners in national development along with men.
- Laying foundation for development of children below 6 years with focus on Supplementary Nutrition and pre-school, non-formal education and to enhance the awareness and capability of mothers for nutritional and health needs of the child's
- Empowering adolescent Girls and Boys
- Providing a safe and secure environment for overall development of children who are in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law
- Promoting the rights based approach in the formulation of policy for children
- Socio-economic empowerment of marginalized women
- Review of existing laws on discrimination against women
- Mainstreaming gender concerns in the policies and programmes of Government of India and State Governments through gender budgeting
|Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry||Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies)||Success Indicator||Unit||FY 11/12||FY 12/13||FY 13/14||FY 14/15||FY 15/16|
|Safe and secure environment for development of children||State Government/UT Admns.||No. of beneficiaries under Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)||No.||50118||75052||75000||75000||75000|
|Greater empowerment of adolescent girls through nutrition, health care and life skills education||State Government/UT Admns.||No. of beneficiaries under Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)- SABLA||No. in Lakh||44||88||90||95||100|
|Greater economic empowerment of marginalized women||State Governments/UT, Administrations, NGOs/Intermediary Organizations||No. of beneficiaries under RMK||No.||15917||13679||25000||25000||30000|
|Greater economic empowerment of marginalized women||State Governments/UT, Administrations, NGOs/Intermediary Organizations||No. of beneficiaries under Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)||No.||29650||30481||30000||30000||30000|
Prevent your reduce young
child under nutrition
(percentage under weight
children 0 to 3 years).
|Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, State Governments / UT Administrations||Percentage reduction in number of under weight children (0 to 3 years).||%||6|
|Improve care and nutrition of girls and women and reduce anaemia prevalence in young children, girls and women.||Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, State Governments / UT Administrations||Percentage reduction in anaemia prevalence amongst young children, girls and women.||%||10|