Ministry of Women and Child Development: News

19 Jun 2023


24L ghost beneficiaries: Scheme for girl dropouts stopped in 2022

The Ministry of Women and Child Development reportedly discontinued the Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) in March last year after detecting around 24 lakh ghost beneficiaries.

SC junks menstrual leave PIL, says could discourage women's hiring

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a mandate to all states to frame rules regarding menstrual leaves in educational institutions and workplaces.

31 Jul 2022

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh: 8-year-old boy shows monkeypox symptoms, hospitalized

Tensions rose in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district on Saturday after a suspected monkeypox case was reported.

24 Jan 2022


National Girl Child Day: Women role models who inspire us

The National Girl Child Day is an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development that is celebrated every year on January 24.

17 May 2021


Government to rehabilitate children orphaned due to COVID-19

The government has laid out a procedure to rehabilitate children who lost their parents to COVID-19.

08 Mar 2019


#WomensDay: WCD, MSDE sign agreement to provide skills-training to women

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) and the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry (MSDE) entered into an agreement to provide skills training and employment to women.

26 Jan 2019

Madhya Pradesh

Caught-on-camera: Congress minister fails to read Republic Day speech

In a rather embarrassing situation for Congress, Imarti Devi, the state Union and Child Development Minister of Congress, was unable to read the Republic Day speech at a program held at SAF ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

13 Jan 2019

Sexual Harassment

169 sexual-harassment complaints from workplace in private industries: WCD Ministry

A total of 169 complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace have been received in private industries since 2017, the Women and Child Development Ministry has said.

14 Dec 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Government not planning to replace take-home rations with packaged-nutrients: WCD

The government is not planning to replace the existing take-home rations and supplementary nutrition to packaged nutrients at anganwadis, the Lok Sabha was told today.

03 Dec 2018


Odisha: Shelter home sealed over sexual abuse allegations, two arrested

An NGO-run shelter home has been sealed in Odisha's Dhenkanal district and two people, including its managing director, arrested following allegations that the minor inmates were sexually abused there.

24 Nov 2018

Times of India

Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail

The new proposed amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) plan to crack down on child pornography.

07 Oct 2018


Government child helpline appears in pornographic content, lewd calls received

A government toll-free number for reporting child sexual assault cases has been suspended temporarily after it appeared in pornographic content search, and calls seeking sexual services were received, a senior NCPCR official said.

29 Sep 2018


WCD Ministry's awards for those who made 'Poshan Maah' success

The Women and Child Development Ministry has decided to award those who helped in the implementation of 'Poshan Abhiyaan' and has asked the States and Union Territories to shortlist work of frontline functionaries who have worked towards making this mission a success.

16 Sep 2018

Maneka Gandhi

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi proposed that a child separated from jailed mother must be made to visit her in prison at least thrice weekly, amid incidents of such children getting trafficked.

11 Sep 2018

West Bengal

#MomoChallenge: WCD Ministry asks parents to monitor children's online activity

The Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry has issued an advisory on the deadly "Momo Challenge", asking parents to monitor social media activity of their children to ensure that they are not engaging in the dangerous game.

08 Sep 2018

Maneka Gandhi

WCD Ministry invites nominations for National Children Awards 2018

The Women and Child Development Ministry has invited nominations for this year's National Children Awards given to children with outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts and culture, social service, and bravery.

07 Sep 2018


WCD invites nominations for Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018

The Women and Child Development Ministry have invited nominations for this year's 'Nari Shakti Puraskar', the highest civilian honor for women in India.

WCD launches a toll-free helpline to address nutrition queries

A toll-free helpline was launched today to address queries associated with nutrition and malnutrition, a major area of concern in the country, a Women and Child Development official said.

24 Aug 2018


12 sexual harassment cases under probe: Air India tells WCD

There are 12 cases of alleged sexual harassment before Air India's various Internal Complaints Committees (ICC), the airline has informed the Women and Child Development Ministry.

Ban junk food on campus: Government orders universities

The University Grants Commission has directed all universities and higher education institutions to ban the sale of junk food on their campuses.

20 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

Fake WCD website for Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao duping people: Govt

A fake website with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao logo is duping people posing as a government-backed saving scheme, warned an official with Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry today.

08 Aug 2018


Govt orders social audit of over 9,000 childcare homes

Women and Child Development Ministry has ordered a social audit of over 9,000 child care institutions across India in two months, an official said today.

05 Aug 2018


1,991 kids available for adoption in India for 20,000 prospective-parents

The number of children available for adoption in the country is 1,991, including 1,322 girls, for about 20,000 prospective parents, an RTI revealed.

02 Aug 2018


Muzaffarpur shelter-home: SC bars media from publishing minors' visuals

The SC has taken suo motu cognizance of the Muzaffapur shelter home sex abuse case. Among its first directions were instructions to media not to publish visuals of the minor victims, even in blurred or morphed form.

31 Jul 2018

Lok Sabha

Maneka Gandhi, WCD minster, claims she didn't know 'transgender'. Disturbing

Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi created controversy by calling transgenders "the other ones," she has tweeted an "apology," claiming she didn't know "the official terminology for the transgender community."

25 Jul 2018


WCD Ministry declares September as National Nutrition Month

Every year, September would be celebrated as the National Nutrition Month to mark India's fight against malnutrition, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has said.

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

An official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has said passports of eight NRI husbands, who abandoned their wives, have been canceled and lookout notices against them issued.

08 Jul 2018


'Hamari Phulwari' scheme yielding positive results: Haryana WCD Minister

The "Hamari Phulwari" scheme launched by the Haryana Government, aimed at transforming the Anganwadi centers of the state, is yielding positive results, state minister Kavita Jain has said.

13 May 2018


SC concerned about prison-overcrowding; asks HCs to look into issue

Supreme Court has expressed concern about overcrowding in prisons across the country, in some cases beyond 150% of the capacity, and asked all the High Courts to consider the issue as it involves "violation of human rights".

07 May 2018


Child sexual abuse survivors may lodge complaint till age 25

If a new proposal of Union Women and Child Development Ministry sees the light of the day, child sexual abuse survivors may be able to register a police complaint till the time they turn 25.

15 Mar 2018


Gender equality, liberation of rural women: Key drivers of growth

Addressing 62nd Session of Commission on Status of Women, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Child Development in India Chetan Sanghi said, "Gender equality and emancipation of rural women is recognized as a key driver of inclusive growth and social progress in India."

28 Dec 2017


India to soon roll out new law against human trafficking

India will soon introduce a new anti-trafficking law, that proposes 10-year jail for violators engaged in "aggravated forms" and life imprisonment for repeat offenders.

25 Jul 2017


Centre launches 'SHe-box' to address sexual harassment at work

There are 34 lakh central government employees in India, and women constitute 11% of the total force.

03 Jun 2017


Child marriages in India on rise; 12 million marriages recorded

12 million child marriages were recorded in India in 2001-11; 5 million victims were girls and 7 million were boys revealed a report.

31 May 2017


Healthier Maggi noodles - Nestle India launches iron fortified noodles

Nestle India is revamping its Maggi Masala Noodles by cutting the salt content and adding iron to launch a new fortified variant of the ready-to-cook noodles.

18 May 2017


Maternity Benefits- Centre cuts spending, only firstborns to receive coverage

In changes introduced to the Maternity Benefits Programme (MBP), the Modi government limited the applicability of the Programme from "first two live births" to "firstborns", almost halving the number of beneficiaries.