Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicWCD Ministry

Topic: WCD Ministry

Who should child go to if you both die? Govt wants declaration from Covid parents in hospital

WCD ministry has written a letter in this regard to the health ministry, says the measure is to protect children and ensure they don’t become victims of child labour or trafficking.

Gross underutilisation of WCD ministry funds, no results of schemes seen on ground: MPs’ panel

Parliamentary panel has asked the WCD ministry to submit action plan by 30 June on rising cases of violence against women, suggests a bill be introduced to tackle trafficking.

Why proposal to review marriage age for women has split Modi govt

PM Narendra Modi had announced in his Independence Day address that the govt is looking to review the legal marriage age for women.

Only 36% of Nirbhaya fund used since 2013, panel tells House hours before convicts’ hanging

Nirbhaya fund was launched in the wake of the December 2012 gangrape-murder amid anger over what was seen as systemic indifference to crime against women. 

Fighting malnutrition is a Modi govt priority, but 2 ministries don’t agree on funding

The 15th Finance Commission recommends Rs 7,735 cr for Women and Child Ministry's malnutrition programme but Finance Ministry rejects recommendation.

WCD ministry refutes survey that claims maternity scheme missed 51% of beneficiaries

The WCD Ministry has said the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana has had 10 million or 1 crore beneficiaries since 2017 launch. 

Why Aadhaar card is a stumbling block in Modi govt’s flagship maternity scheme

The Modi govt scheme, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, transfers cash worth Rs 5,000 to women of 19 years or above for their first child.

Too soon to celebrate Modi govt’s sex ratio claim, wait for 2021 census, say experts

Modi govt told Parliament that sex ratio at birth has risen to 931 from 923 in 2015-16, but academics & activists are taking it with a pinch of salt.

Women & child development ministry gets a promotion with outspoken Smriti Irani

The controversial minister, who was expected to get a bigger role, has been put in charge of women and child development ministry, previously headed by Maneka Gandhi.

WCD not a soft ministry, it looks after 70% of India’s population: Maneka Gandhi

Union minister Maneka Gandhi was speaking at a function organised to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.

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Currently, India provides pensions for the elderly on the basis of the National Pensions Scheme | Representative Image | Wikimedia Commons

Giving up on NPS a tragedy for state govts. DB pensions are ad hoc, delay fiscal stress

Several of the problems of the National Pensions Scheme can be easily remedied. The solution to fiscal stress isn't going back two decades ago.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.