Ministry of Women & Child Development Current Affairs - 2020

Govt sanctions Rs.100cr to set up Women Help Desks in Police Stations

Union Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs.100 crore from Nirbhaya fund for setting up and strengthening of women help desks in police stations across country. The move came a fortnight after a young veterinarian was gang-raped and murdered near Hyderabad, leading to protests in different parts of country.

Key Highlights

The scheme would be implemented by states and Union Territories (UTs), and lady police officers would be deployed at these help desks.

The women help desks would focus on making police stations more women-friendly and approachable, as they would be first and single point of contact for any woman walking into a police station.

Women help desks officials would be trained to be sensitive towards women. These help desks would have enlisted panel of experts such as psychologists, lawyers and NGOs to facilitate legal aid, counselling, shelter, rehabilitation and training among others.

About Nirbhaya Fund Framework

It provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for safety and security of women. This framework is to be administered by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of Union Ministry of Finance (MoF). It also provides for an Empowered Committee (EC) of officers headed by Secretary, Union Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) to appraise and recommend proposals to be funded under this framework.

The Ministry of Finance through Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) is the nodal Ministry for any accretion into and withdrawal from corpus. However, MWCD is responsible to review and monitor progress of sanctioned projects/ schemes in conjunction with concerned Central Ministries/ Departments.

President felicitates 112 first ladies

President Ram Nath Kovind has felicitated 112 exceptional women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. These women achievers ‘FIRST LADIES’ are those who are first to set milestone of achievement in their respective fields. This ‘First Ladies’ is second leg of the ‘100 Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry.

Key Facts

These 112 women were selected after extensive research process by Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD). They are those who have been first in any field like first woman judge, first woman porter, first woman to head missile project, first para-trooper, first Olympian among others. Their felicitation aims to inspire other women to break the glass ceiling and do women of India proud.

Among those who were honoured by President include

  • Bachendri Pal: first Indian woman to reach the Mount Everest summit;
  • Deepa Malik: first woman to win a medal at the Paralympics;
  • Priya Jhingan: First Lady Cadet to join the Indian Army;
  • P V Sindhu: Olympic silver medallist
  • Nicole Faria: winner of the Miss earth title;
  • Karnam Malleswari: Olympic medal winning weightlifter Karnam Malleswari
  • Anshu Jamsenpa: First Indian woman to scale Mt Everest for fifth time.
  • Chhavi Rajawat: India’s first woman Sarpanch
  • Diana Edulji: First ODI captain of the first ever Indian Women’s Cricket Team.


Every year on March 8 (Women’s Day), WCD Ministry honours Nari Shakti Puruskars to those women who have contributed to society but have remained unsung. These awards are conferred by President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The WCD Ministry in 2015 had collaborated with Facebook to recognise ‘100 Women Achievers’ who have excelled in diverse sectors of public work. It started to recognise different ways those women who have broken the glass ceiling and ventured into unusual fields.