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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.
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.
PM Narendra Modi had announced in his Independence Day address that the govt is looking to review the legal marriage age for women.
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.
The 15th Finance Commission recommends Rs 7,735 cr for Women and Child Ministry's malnutrition programme but Finance Ministry rejects recommendation.
The WCD Ministry has said the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana has had 10 million or 1 crore beneficiaries since 2017 launch.
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.
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.
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.
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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