Home News Reports Modi ministers in five years – Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Woman and Child Development

Modi ministers in five years – Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Woman and Child Development

Maneka Gandhi is a well-known environment and child rights activist

In the series on the performance of various ministers in the Modi government, let’s take a look at Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Woman and Child Development.

Maneka Gandhi is the widow of Sanjay Gandhi, elder son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi died when she was just 23, and her son Varun was just about 100 days old.  After the death of Sanjay Gandhi, she had a fallout with Indira Gandhi, and was eventually forced out of Prime Minister’s residence. She contested 1984 Lok Sabha elections against Rajiv Gandhi, but lost.  After that, she joined VP Singh’s Janata Dal, and contested 1989 Lok Sabha elections from Pilibhit Constituency and won. She joined the government as Minister of State for Environment. Thereafter she has continuously been elected as Lok Sabha member from Pilibhit,  except for 2009 elections, when she won Aonla Constituency, and Pilibhit was represented by her son Varun Gandhi. She joined BJP ahead of 2004 general elections. She contested 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate, however, supported NDA government and handled various ministerial portfolios. After 2014 elections, she was given Women and Child Development ministry. She is a well-known environment and child rights activist.

Here are her achievements as WCD minister.

- Advertisement - - article resumes -

Making adoption procedure completely online through CARA – Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) is the nodal agency under WCD ministry for adoptions. In her tenure, Maneka Gandhi has completely made the adoption procedure online through CARA. Parents willing to adopt children, have to register themselves on the website of CARA, filling complete personal details. After filling the details, they are given a waitlist number. After registering, social workers associated with the ministry make a personal visit to applicants. They verify and cross-check all the details given by the prospective parents. After their positive report, the status of the parent is logged under verified. Post verification, as waitlist moves ahead with the adoptions, parents are able to adopt the children. This has greatly reduced malpractices happening in adoptions by unscrupulous people and NGOs.

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan – Alarmed at critical fall in child sex ratio in 2011 census, the government launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan to increase the number of girl child. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is an umbrella scheme, where the government has undertaken a number of schemes. The overall goal of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme is to celebrate the girl child, and enable her education. The objectives of the scheme are to prevent gender-biased sex-selective elimination, ensuring survival, protection and education of the girl child. Under this scheme, there are two major components like mass communication campaign to create awareness, and multi-pronged action in 100 districts with low child sex ratio. Communication campaign aims at ensuring girls are born, nurtured and educated without discrimination to become empowered citizens. The campaign interlinks national, state and district level interventions with community-level action in 100 districts, bringing together different stakeholders for accelerated impact.  Fruits of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao are clearly seen in the state of Haryana, which was infamous for female feticide and low sex ratio, it now stands improved at 924 girls per 1000 boys as of December 2018 from an abysmal low of 832 in 2012.

Amendment to POCSO act and IPC to make stringent punishments for rape – The government has approved amendments to the POCSO Act, and introduced stringent measures to check the circulation of child pornography, and administration of hormones to children to attain early sexual maturity. It has done so to catch up with the offenders as existing laws were proving futile to stop this menace. Government has also amended the Indian Penal Code to punish child rapist with death, and ensuring speedy trial in cases where the victim is minor in fast track courts. This law is expected to discourage the trend of child sexual abuse by acting as a deterrent, due to strong penal provisions incorporated in the act.

Increase in maternity leave for women – Government amended Maternity Benefit Act in 2017, and increased the maternity leave available to working women from existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks to the much respite of women, for them being able to care for their newly born.

 

The author is journalism pass out from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. After dangerously flirting with the idea of left during his IIMC days, due to the proximity of the IIMC with JNU, a den of radical leftists, he became firmly aligned to right after realizing the futility of the left. He tweets at @kpophale.

Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Advertisement

Big Story

The Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men: Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

Anjana Om Kashyap heckles doctors and nurses in Bihar hospital

What you did in that ICU is not journalism, Anjana Om Kashyap, it is insensitive, creating a nuisance and endangering lives

A video came to light earlier where Anjana Om Kashyap, a senior journalist from the India Today group was seen heckling and questioning a doctor inside the ICU over the outbreak of Encephalitis in Bihar
Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly chased and attacked, along with her Uber driver by a mob in Kolkata

Kolkata: Former Miss India, Uber driver attacked by mob, Fardin Khan, Sheik Rahit, and 5 others arrested

The Kolkata police finally swung into action and arrested seven men: Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan, for allegedly harassing the complainant.

Ajaz who had set ablaze woman Police officer in Kerala dies while undergoing treatment in hospital

Ajaz had suffered 40% burns during the tussle that took place between Pushpakaran and him after he set her ablaze and was admitted to ICU at Alappuzha Medical College.

Rapper Hard Kaur goes mental on social media: Blames RSS Chief for terror attacks, calls Yogi ‘OrangeRapeMan’

Taran Kaur Dhillon, more popularly known by her stage name Hard Kaur, appears to have fallen over the edge.

After threatening Jesus to choose between her and Rakhi Sawant, Tanushree Dutta questions Modi’s ‘Ram Rajya’

The Mumbai police have recently filed a B Summary report, giving a clean chit to Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, in connection with actor Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case
Gujarat: Past karma will haunt Congress in fascinating Rajya Sabha bypoll irony

Gujarat: Past karma will haunt Congress in fascinating Rajya Sabha bypoll irony

The bypolls for the 2 vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat are going to be held shortly. The Congress has moved the SC, but given the clear precedents, it is quite clear that they have no chance of winning in court.

Media does it again: Portrays JeM Pulwama terrorist as a chocolate boy who turned murderous due to Indian Army

In numerous instances, they have tried to humanize terrorists themselves as well. The latest entrant to the party is a report on Hindustan Times by Ashiq Hussain.

As Swati Chaturvedi mourns the loss of her imaginary credibility, her past faff pieces come to haunt her

Even though she wants to put the blame on us, we can't possibly be held responsible if Swati Chaturvedi's peers doubt her 'credibility'.

While Kejriwal plans woman safety with ‘free rides’, Delhi streetlights may go dark as power bill remains unpaid

Its time Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal realises that 'free travelling' might not contribute as much towards women safety as probably proper well-lit streets would
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

170,989FansLike
149,735FollowersFollow
69,891SubscribersSubscribe
Help Us Reach Every Indian, Please Share This Post