To empower women and give them more freedom, the Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, inaugurated an online portal “NARI” recently in New Delhi.
Developed by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, the portal will provide women citizens with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women. Further to provide a platform for NGOs and Civil Societies to interact with the Ministry of Women & Child Development, e-Samvad portal has also been developed which was inaugurated by the WCD Minister today.
Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that for the first time ever since Independence, women of the country will be able to access information about benefits being provided to them by the Government. The portal contains information about schemes being run by both Central as well as State Governments.
The Minister said that the new National Nutrition Mission will be launched in January 2018 and will be operationalized in 315 districts across the country. About 50.7 lakh women will be given Conditional Cash Transfer under the maternity benefit scheme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) this year. The Bill on Trafficking, which has been referred to the GoM, will be finalized and presented in Parliament in the Budget Session. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also said that the deadline mandated by the Supreme Court for registration of Child Care institutions expired on 31.12.2017. There will be very sharp focus on linking of the Child Care institutions to the adoption system in 2018.
Giving details about the panic button scheme for women in distress, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the user trials of panic button, backed with a full real-time emergency response system, will begin in Uttar Pradesh from 26th January this year. The Childline will be expanded to 500 cities (currently in 412 cities) and Railway Childline will be expanded to 88 Railway stations (currently in 33) by March, 2018. 150 new One-Stop Centres will be added in 2018 beyond 165 centres which are operating.
In order to make this information more easily accessible in one place, the NARI portal summarizes over 350 government schemes and other important information for the benefit of women, with more being added every day. It provides links to the Ministries, Departments and autonomous bodies offering these schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.
NARI will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives. There are tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health checkups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice, information on crimes and against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and much more. It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitates them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the Government for them.
Empowerment and welfare of women and children is top priority of the government. NARI and e-Samvad portals are other initiatives in this direction.