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 Govt to set up anti-human trafficking units in all districts with Nirbhaya Fund

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development will be setting up anti-human trafficking units in all districts of the country with the help of Nirbhaya Fund. The announcement in this regard was made by Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.

Key Highlights

Besides these anti-human trafficking units, women help desks will also be set up in all police stations across the country using Nirbhaya Fund. The initiative is an example of interdepartmental cooperation leading to effective governance in the country.

The recommendation to set up anti-human trafficking units and women help desks (WHDs) was given by the Empowered Committee (EC) under Nirbhaya framework chaired by WCD Secretary Rabindra Panwar on 22 October 2019.

All the anti-human trafficking units and women help desks will be set up at a cost of Rs.100 crores each which will be fully funded by the centre.

This initiative will strengthen women safety as well as will instill a greater sense of security among them. The step will also go a long way in addressing women and children safety in the country.

About Nirbhaya Fund

The fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 to support the initiatives of government and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) working towards the safety of women.

The fund is a corpus of Rs. 10 billion and is administered by Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). While the Women and Child Development Ministry, along with several other concerned ministries, will work out details of structure, scope and application of Nirbhaya fund.

Employees can now generate Universal Provident Fund account number online

Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), the retirement fund body has launched a facility for formal sector workers to themselves obtain the Universal Provident Fund Account Number on-line. Now the workers in formal sector can themselves generate Universal Account Number from the EPFO’s portal directly. Till now the workers used to apply through their employers to get Universal Account Number.

Key Highlights

The EPFO has developed an internet-based system for workers to get registered on its digital platform. The system was launched by Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar during the EPFO’s 67th Foundation Day celebrations in New Delhi.

A system DigiLocker was also launched for over 65 lakh EPFO pensioners through which they can download their pension-related documents including the Pension Payment Order.