Care & Protection of Women: Government of India

Stree Shakti-Deshki Shakti

Naree Shakti-Shashakt Bharat

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao 

  • Launched by Prime Minister in January, 2015
  • Being implemented in 161 districts across the country which have low Child Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB).
  • Extensive outreach campaign combined with large number of local innovations and stakeholders participation for improving SRB
  • Promoting compulsory registration of pregnancies and institutional deliveries.
  • In 30 months, 104 districts out of 161 have shown improvement in SRB.
  • The scheme is being expanded to all the districts of the country.

Sukanya Samridhi Yojana

  • Launched by Prime Minister in June, 2015 as a part of BetiBachaoBetiPadhao campaign.
  • Special bank accounts for meeting the expenses of education and marriage of the girl child
  • Provides for small affordable deposits at the highest rate of interest
  • More than one crore SukanyaSamridhi accounts opened

Pradhan Mantri  Ujjawala Yojana

  • Launched by Prime Minister in May, 2016
  • Aims to provide free LPG connections to women from BPL households so as to reduce cooking time and protect the health of the women.
  • 2.2 crore LPG gas connections have so far been distributed.

Mahila Shakti Kendras

  • The anganwadi centres in the villages to be upgraded and re-modeled as centres for empowerment of women in villages.
  • Rs.500 crores allocated for establishment of Mahila Shakti Kendras

Six months maternity leave

  • Maternity benefit Act amended in March, 2017 to make 26 weeks’ paid maternity leave mandatory for women working in any organization.
  • The objective is to enable the mother to take care of new born child and provide exclusive breast feeding for first 6 months.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritava Abhiyan

  • To provide assured, comprehensive and quality antenatal care, free of cost, to all pregnant women on 9th of every month.
  • Rolled out in the entire country, PMSMA is conducted at 11000 health facilities.
  • 40 lakh antenatal checks so far

Stand up India

  • Launched by Prime Minister in April, 2016
  • Aims to promote entrepreneurshipamong SC/ST women
  • Over 23000 SC/ST women have benefitted so far from this scheme

Once Stop Centres – Sakhi

  • Launched in March, 2015, the centres provide under one roof medical, police, legal help and psycho-social counseling to women affected by violence.
  • 161 centres have already been established in the country which have helped thousands of women.
  • Target is to establish at least one centre per district by March, 2019.

Panic button on mobile phones

  • All new mobile phones, manufactured/ imported in India have been mandated to have a physical panic button to help women in distress situation.
  • The facility of panic button is being backed up by emergency response system of police.
  • The trials for panic button and police response system to begin in Uttar Pradesh in December, 2017.

Universalization of women helpline (181)

  • Additional facilityfor women in distress situation
  • Sanction for all 33 statesand funds allocated
  • 19 states have already operationalized the helpline

Shelter homes for widows

  • 592 homes for widows being provided financial support by the central government
  • Largest ever government funded home for 1000 widows constructed in Vrindavan.

Shelter home for women rescued from sex trade

  • 286 projects for rescue and rehabilitation of women from sex trade being financially supported by the government.

Working Women’s Hostels

  • 946 hostels for working women being supported by the central government.

Protection of women against Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace

  • Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 operationalized
  • Operating guidelines and training manuals issued
  • She-Box for online filing of complaints launched
  • Training of heads of Internal Complaint Committees of all central government ministries/ departments conducted.

Women empowerment at grass-root

  • Comprehensive training programme for women heads of Panchayats developed and managed.
  • All the two lakh+ heads of panchayats to be trained over the next three years.

Other initiatives

  • Passport guidelines for single women made easier
  • Mentioning of the name of widow on death certificate of husband made mandatory.
  • Regulatory instructions for cab operators issued to ensure safety of women passengers.
  • Self-regulatory guidelines for matrimonial sites issued to ensure safety of women.
  • 33% reservation for women in direct recruitment in police forces started – 8 states and all Union Territories have already mandated the same.
  • Induction of women in fighter stream of Indian Air Forces started.
  • Mahila e-Haat – online portal for women producers launched in 2016 – 26000, Women Self-Help-Groups already registered benefitting 3.5 lakh women artisans.
  • Under PRADAHAN MANTRI AWAS YOJANA-GRAMIN, registry of the houses has to be made in the name of women
  • Under MUDRA scheme , 70% beneficiaries of MUDRA are women.

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