[New Delhi] NCW Gets 3 New Members,Nirbhya Funds Gets 3 Fresh Expenditure
Ministry of Women and Child Development, has nominated the following as Members of the National Commission for Women:
Smt. Chandramukhi Devi.
Smt. Soso Shaiza
Smt. Kamlesh Gautam,
The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry has today approved the three major proposals:
[a] Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice proposal to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) to dispose off pending cases of rape, and POCSO Act across the country. The project has a total financial implication of Rs. 767.25 crores. In the First phase, 777 FTSCs may be set up in 9 states and in second phase 246 FTSCs will be set up.
[b] The Proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases
[c] The Proposal from Konkan Railway Corporation Limited for setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations with a total Project cost of Rs 17.64 crores
Minister Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Tag: Ministry of Women and Child Development
[New Delhi] Maneka Gives a Call For Retraining Against Sexual Offences
In a letter addressed to Chief Ministers of all the States/UTs, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development has outlined various steps to be taken by the States/UTs in preventing and curbing the crimes against women and children. Some of the steps mentioned in the letter are:
All police officers should be re-trained on various aspects of sexual offences particularly those related to collection and preservation of evidence.
Instructions may be issued to all police officers that utmost priority is to be given to complete the investigation of cases of sexual offences against children strictly as per the timelines of Law.
State Governments must take strict action against those police officers who are found to be obstructing the investigation or colluding with the perpetrators of such cases.
A quick and timely professional investigation is the only method in which a potential offender can be deterred but this can be done only by the states as the police department is the state subject.
Forming a special cell only for sexual offences or specially for sexual offences on children, would be a significant step in this regard.
The Women and Child Development Minister offered help to State Governments in establishing Forensic Laboratories in states which can be used for forensic analysis of evidence in the investigation of sexual offences.
The WCD Minister has requested the states to generate awareness among the children in using the e-box set up under POCSO with child-help line number 1098. The Minister also highlighted that till date 175 One stop centres for women affected by violence have been set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. One Stop Centres are to help those women who have no access to either police or medical facilities or are not able to visit a police station in times of distress.
[New Delhi] ITO Madhu ,Debarred From Central Deputation
PMO has debarred senior income tax officer Madhu Mahajan from central deputation
Madhu Mahajan has been debarred till her retirement next year.
The officer reportedly failed to join on the central deputation in National Commission for Women (NCW).
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved debarment of Mahajan, a 1982-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), for appointment on central deputation till her date of retirement i.e. September 30, 2018, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said.
Mahajan was appointed Member Secretary in the NCW, under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, last month.
[New Delhi]250 Journos To Attend 1st Ever Workshop For Women Journalists
Nearly 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs will participate in the first ever ‘All India Women Journalists’ Workshop’ tomorrow
Around 250 journalists from 30 States/UTs across the country, representing 120 media organizations will come together on a single platform at the first ever ‘All India Women Journalists’ Workshop’ organized by Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi tomorrow.
The women journalists represent print, electronic and online media across the country including small regional media organizations.
This Conference will be a unique gathering of women journalists, who specialize in social sector reporting, coming together to understand, discuss and deliberate on issues concerning women and children. The WCD Minister Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi will herself make a presentation to showcase the achievements of the Ministry during the last two years and also obtain a feedback on a number of issues concerning women and children especially on the recently released Draft National Policy for Women, Draft Anti Trafficking Bill, Draft Regulations under JJ Act.
The Ministry is also looking forward to new ideas/ areas concerning women and children which could be taken up in the coming months.
In the post lunch session, the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman will make a presentation on the achievements and new initiatives of the entire government during the last two years.
[New Delhi] Employer Also Liable For 50000 Fine For Sexual Harassment At Workplace
As per Supreme Court Ruling all workplaces should constitute a Complaint Committee to deal with complaints of sexual Harassment
The Supreme Court of India laid down formal guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace in the case of Vishakha Vs. State of Rajasthan.
The guidelines clearly state that all workplaces should constitute a Complaint Committee to deal with complaints of sexual harassment. Taking forward the Supreme Court guidelines, “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013” was enacted which came into force with effect from 9th December 2013.
The Act casts a responsibility on every employer to create an environment which is free from sexual harassment.
Employers are required to organize workshops and awareness programmes at regular intervals for sensitizing the employees about the provision of this legislation and display notices regarding the constitution of Internal Committee, penal consequences of sexual harassment etc.
An employer will be liable to a fine of Rs 50,000/- in case of violation of his duties under the Act and in case of subsequent violations, the amount of fine will be double together with penalty in the form of cancelation of his licence, withdrawal or non-renewal of the registration required for carrying out his activity.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development had issued advisories to States/UTs to ensure effective implementation of the Act. The Ministries/Departments in Government of India have also been advised to ensure the compliance of the Act.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi a in written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.