Out of Rs 24,435 crore, the highest amount has been allocated to the newly announced Saksham Anganwadi and Mission Poshan 2.0 scheme with Rs 20,105 crore
States, UTs have used only 16% of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February, reveal minutes of national council meeting
It aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022
To curb child sexual abuse in India, POCSO Act needs wide publicity; personal safety education among children, parents vital
Children are not voters, which is why their needs are often neglected. It is the collective responsibility of all citizens to protect children from child sexual abuse and ensure that they have a childhood free of any abuse.
Law Ministry endorses proposal to remove time limit to report child sexual abuse, says Maneka Gandhi
On 3 October, Maneka Gandhi had written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, asking him to remove the time limit for reporting child sexual abuse and allow people to complain even "10-15 years later".
National Nutrition Month: Akshaya Patra Foundation urges Narendra Modi to speak on 'nutrition for all' in next Mann ki Baat
An NGO said it has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the topic of 'ensuring access to nutrition for all' in his upcoming 'Mann ki Baat' programme.
Australia resumes adoptions from India after 8 years of suspension, says Ministry of Women and Child Development
The suspension was enforced by Australia over charges of child trafficking for inter-country adoption by some recognised Indian placement agencies.
Centre orders countrywide audit of over 9,000 childcare homes in 60 days; to include background checks of NGOs
The Women and Child Development Ministry said states had been asked to ensure that NGOs don't use and abuse shelter homes.
WCD ministry to send Union Cabinet proposal on increasing punishment for sexual assault of male children
The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry is set to move a proposal before the Cabinet this week for enhanced punishment in cases of sexual assault of male children.
Currently, child marriages are valid in India, but can be annulled if a case is filed in a district court by either of the two contracting parties within two years of becoming an adult, or through a guardian in case of minors.
The ordinance imposing death penalty for raping a child was not brought because of the Kathua rape case, a top official in the (WCD) ministry said.
Activists, parents of minor rape victims oppose death penalty, say move will increase cases of rape and murder
Child rights groups reiterated that the real deterrent in such cases is the implementation of the laws and the certainty of punishment, rather than the death penalty.
In Republic Day address, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha says government committed to fight narcotics, human trafficking
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said although tourism was generating revenue in the state, it has also brought with it issues like narcotics and human trafficking
Cabinet may soon approve India's first anti-trafficking bill; new law would view trafficked person as victim, not criminal
The Union Cabinet could soon consider and approve the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill.
The government is now planning to cover 1,50,000 anganwadis across 77 districts in eight states by the end of this year.
Ryan International School murder: Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar to hold meet on safety protocol in schools tomorrow
Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar will hold a high-level meeting on Wednesday to develop a protocol for educational institutions to ensure safety of students following incidents of child sexual abuse in schools, a government official said.
Ministry of Women and Child Development releases manuals instructing parents how to identify child delinquency
If a child is hurting animals, lying frequently and using weapons that can cause serious injuries, be warned that that these are indications of delinquent behaviour, says a manual prepared by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.
The cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the maternity benefit programme providing Rs 6,000 each to lactating mothers, but restricted the scheme to firstborns only.
The central government announced a Nirbhaya Fund with a corpus of Rs 3,000 crore in 2013 to support initiatives towards ensuring safety of women, following nationwide outrage after the December 2012 gangrape. But since then, there hasn't been any information from the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry about utilisation of the fund.
WCD ministry to launch online portal for women public servants to record sexual harassment complaints
An e-platform that will enable women employees of the central government to file sexual harassment complaints online is likely to be launched this month.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on announced the setting up of a compensation fund under Nirbhaya scheme to provide financial help to children who are victims of sexual crimes.