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Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani | ANI file photo

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.
A rangoli designed to create awareness about 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' at Assi Ghat, in Varanasi | ANI File Photo

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.
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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.
Protest against Kathua

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. 
Representational image of an Indian child being measured for malnutrition

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.
New mother talking to a nurse at the hospital

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. 
A health worker immunises a pregnant woman at a health centre in Aurangabad, India

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.
A girl reading a book

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.
File photo of Maneka Gandhi | Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

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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Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.