Ministry of Women and Child Development Current Affairs

Cabinet approves proposal to make DMs approving authority for adoptions

Union Cabinet approves proposal of Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) to make district magistrates (DMs), instead of courts, the final authority for approving adoptions. In this regard, Ministry of WCD will introduce bill to amend Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to make district magistrates and collectors competent officers for approving adoptions, instead of courts.

Key Facts

The courts are overburdened and take long time to approve adoptions. The changing of final authority for approving adoptions aims to reduce number of adoption cases pending in courts for years. Since, DMs have information about adoption cases and have access to all departments, it is easier for DMS to get the documents and act faster. Besides, DMs are also in-charge of the child custody authority and have all information about the child.

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Government to set up additional 100 One Stop Centres for women safety

Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in its Programme Approval Board (PAB) meeting has approved setting up additional 100 One Stop Centres (OSCs) for women affected by violence. These OSCs will be set up in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

One Stop Centres (OSC) scheme

Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) had launched Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centres (OSC). It is funded from Nirbhaya Fund. The purpose of these OSCs is to provide integrated services for women affected with violence such as police assistance, medical aid, psycho-social counselling, legal aid and counselling, temporary stay for 5 days etc. under one roof. These Centres are being established across the country to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces in phased manner. So far, Ministry of WCD has set up 182 Centres since April, 2015. These centres have assisted over 1.3 lakh women affected by violence in 33 States/UTs. Every OSC is integrated with scheme of Universalization of Women’s Helpline (181) of the WCD Ministry which is operational in 30 States/UTs.

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