28 May 2014

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot assumes charge of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot took over as the Union Minster of Social Justice & Empowerment here today. 

Speaking to the media after taking over as Minister, He said that the priority of the Government is to work for the poor. Our Department therefore is committed to work for the social, economic and educational empowerment of scheduled caste, other backward classes, and persons with disabilities. The Department would also ensure implementation of schemes for senior citizen and schemes for drug prevention. Shri Gehlot also added that his priority would be to ensure that the benefit of schemes actually reach the target groups. 

The Minister also added that all efforts will be made for proper implementation of schemes and ensuring that if there are any shortcomings in implementation, such shortcomings shall be attended too immediately and removed. In case schemes are not implemented properly, accountability shall also be fixed. 

Later the Minister was briefed on the key initiatives and policy frame work of the Ministry by the Secretary Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Sudhir Bhargava and Secretary Department of Disability Smt. Stuti Kakkar and other senior officials of the Ministry. 

3 Apr 2014

Facts at a Glance : Nagaland

Date of Poll: - 9th April, 2014

S. No.
Number of Parliamentary
Constituencies going on poll- 1
Total Electors
Male –       595766 
Female –    581758
Others -     NIL
Service-      5379
NRI Voters:    NIL
 Total  -         11,82,903
Number Types of Parliamentary Constituencies
General :  1
SC :        NIL
ST:          NIL
Total number of Candidates

Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 16 candidates

Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 32 candidates

Total Number of Female candidates

No. and Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with maximum No. of  Candidates

No. & Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with  minimum number of Candidates 


Party-wise list of candidates:
Recognised State Party (NPF)
Registered Political Parties (other then recognized National and State)


Largest Parliamentary constituency
Electorate wise
Smallest Parliamentary constituency Electorate wise

Number of General, Expenditure, Police & Awareness Observers  deployed
General Observers -             2
Expenditure Observers  -    2
Police  Observers  -              NIL
Awareness Observers-         NIL
Micro Observers-                 154 
No. of Polling Personnel deployed ( approx)

No. of  Polling Stations
Number of EVMs to be used in the elections
Control Units -       2059
Ballot Units -          2059

5 Mar 2014

Schemes for Development and Protection of Children

Schemes for Development and Protection of Children
The Government of India has taken note of the prevalence of malnutrition, child marriage, child labour, trafficking and dropouts at the elementary level of education in the country as per the indicators below.

Malnutrition: As per National Family Health Survey III the rate of malnutrition has declined from 42.7% in 1998-99 (NFHS-2) to 40.4% in 2005-06 (NFHS-3) for children below 3 years of age.

Child marriage : As per National Family Health Survey III (NFHS III : 2005-06) the percentage of women between the age of 18-29, who married before reaching age of 18, i.e. before reaching the legal age for marriage is 46 %.

Child Labour: The total number of working children in the country has declined from 1.26 crore as per the Census 2001 to 49.84 lakh in 2009-10 as per NSSO Survey.

Dropouts at the elementary level education in the country: As per District Information System for Education (DISE) data, the Annual Average Dropout Rate at Primary level has reduced from 6.5 % for 2011-12 to 5.62 for 2012-13.

The Government has initiated various Schemes to address the problems. Some of the Schemes are outlined as follows:
·         Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme which provides a package of six services to children below 6 years and pregnant and lactating mothers which inter-alia includes supplementary nutrition.
·         Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) was introduced in 2009-10 with the aim to contribute to the improvement in the well being of children in difficult circumstances, as well as the reduction of vulnerabilities to situations that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation of children from their families.
·         Scheme for Welfare of Working Children in Need of Care and Protection provides opportunities including non-formal education, vocational training, etc. to working children to facilitate their entry / re-entry into mainstream education.
·         Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)-SABLAaims at an all-round development of adolescent girls (AGs) of 11-18 years by making them self reliant by facilitating access to learning, health and nutrition through various interventions such as health, education, vocational training etc. Such empowerment also addresses the issue of Child Marriage.
·         Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) is a Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme for pregnant and lactating women which was introduced in October, 2010 for improved health and nutrition to pregnant and nursing mothers.
·         Trafficking: “Ujjawala” – is a Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation, Re-integration and Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
·         Rehabilitation of Child Labour : National Child Labour Project (NCLP) is a Scheme with the objective to withdraw children working in hazardous occupations and processes, and mainstream them into formal education system. All children rescued/withdrawn in the age group of 9-14 years are enrolled in the NCLP Special Training Centres, where they are provided with bridge education, vocational training, mid-day meal, stipend, health care, etc. before being mainstreamed into formal education system.

The details of the funds released under the three major schemes viz., Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and Ujjawala scheme administered by the Ministry of Women and Child Development is as per table below:

In addition to implementing the Schemes and programmes as above, the Government has also initiated several legislative measures viz

(i)                 The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act),
(ii)               The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) 2006,
(iii)             The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956,
(iv)             The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986,
                (v)               The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 etc., Workshops, Seminars, legal awareness camps and consultation are held with the State Governments, NGOs and other stakeholders for sensitisation and wider public awareness.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

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