Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) Current Affairs
Cab safety measures for women commuters as recommended by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping (MoRTH) have been included in the new Taxi Policy guidelines. These recommendations from the Ministry of Women and Child Development comes at the backdrop of increasing cases of sexual harassment of women commuters in the cabs.
Recommendations that were included in the New Taxi policy guidelines are:
- Mandatory fitting of GPS panic devices in the taxis.
- To ensure the safety of women and child passengers, central locking system in the taxis to be disallowed.
- Sharing of a seat in the cabs must be subject to the willingness of passengers.
- Identification of driver along with the photo and the registration number should be prominently displayed in the cab.
- Violation of stipulated rules and regulations by taxi operators and drivers to be strictly dealt in accordance with law.
Taxi Policy guidelines
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) had constituted a committee to review issues relating to taxi permits and propose taxi policy guidelines to promote urban mobility. The committee comprised of the representatives from MoRTH, Transport Commissioners from four States and representatives from Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Police, Ministry of Women and Child Development, NITI Aayog and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, submitted its report in December 2016. The policy is recommendatory in nature and is expected to help the states in framing detailed regulations.
Union Government has launched ambitious Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao(BBBP) campaign to save and empower girl child.
The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Panipat in Haryana.
Why Haryana was chosen to launch Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign?
- Haryana was chosen to launch the nation-wide Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative because of the skewed sex ratio in the state.
- It has one of the lowest Child Sex Ratio in country which stands at 879 girls per 1,000 boys as against the national child sex ratio of 918 girls per 1000 boys.
Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao (BBBP)campaign
- It aims to spread awareness about the declining trend of Child Sex Ratio in the country.
- Objective: To prevent gender biased sex selective elimination by strict enforcement of laws with stringent punishment to violators.
- The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), is the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme. While, Centre has provided initial corpus of 100 crore rupees for it.
- It will be implemented in 100 districts of the country, including 12 districts of Haryana.
- In this regard, union government will try to ensure access and availability of essential requirements related to nutrition, health-care, education, protection and elimination of discrimination of girl child.
- This scheme will also generate awareness and improve the efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women.