New Delhi: Smt. Krishna Tirath assumed her charge as the Minister of State ( Independent Charge ) for Women & Child Development, here at Shastri Bhavan today. Outlining her short and medium term priorities for her Ministry she said, ” The government would continue to strive towards developing an environment and suitable infrastructure in the country which would support holistic empowerment of women, ensure adequate and universal availability of supplementary nutrition for children, adolescent girls and expectant mothers and build a protective environment for children where they can develop and flourish as responsible and happy citizens of the society.” Smt. Krishna Tirath said that her first initiative, aimed at addressing the multi-dimensional problems of adolescent girls in the age group of 11-18 years, would be introduction of a scheme for empowerment of adolescent girls. This would be followed by :
i) Setting up of National Mission for Empowerment of Women;
ii) Restructuring of Rashtriya Mahila Kosh;
iii) Conditional Maternity Benefit Scheme for Rural and Cluster Areas of the country;
iv) Swayamsiddha Phase II – expansion. v)
For ensuring protective environment for children she would:
a) Give emphasis to the implementation of the recently approved Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS);
b) Convert Rajiv Gandhi Creche Scheme for Children of Working Mothers from Central sector to Centrally Sponsored Scheme with enhanced financial norms; and
c) Review the National Policy for Children which was formulated in 1974;
d) Also, the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS) is to be revised and expanded.
Smt. Tirath emphasized that her core focus will be on empowerment of women and children, and top priority will be to evolve National Policy for : i) Women, and ii) Child Development.
The New Minister for Women & Child Development was welcomed by the Secretary, Anil Kumar and other senior officers of the Ministry. Immediately, after assuming charge, Smt. Krishna Tirath had a meeting with senior officers of the Ministry and discussed various programmes, schemes and issues relating to the Ministry.