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The Ministry of Women and Child Development has undertaken various measures through initiatives, schemes, legislations to ensure development, care and protection of Women and Children.
The key initiatives of the Ministry of Women and Child Development during the Year 2021 are:
Age of Marriage of Women: The Bill on Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Act, 2021 has been introduced in Lok Sabha for raising the age of marriage of women from 18 years to 21 years.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: The scheme is being implemented across India and covering 640 districts (as per Census 2011) across the country.The success of the scheme is reflected in the improvement of Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) by 19 points at National level, from 918 in 2014-15 to 937 in 2020-21.
Expansion of Childline: Childline 1098 is a 24-hour a day free emergency phone service for rescuing and assisting children in need of aid.This year, Childline has also started Childline Services at Bus Stands and presently is available at 9 Bus Stands, in addition to its presence in railway stations.
National Conference on Women Winning against TB: It was organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.It discussed various policy interventions like battling of TB stigma, ensuring that women actively seek and complete TB care along with adequate nutritional support.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘Year End Review-2021: Ministry of Women and Child Development’ published in PIB on 29th Dec 2021.