Maneka Gandhi

MIN­IS­TER FOR WOMEN AND CHILD DE­VEL­OP­MENT

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIAL SECTOR - —Prachi Bhuchar

SHE IS THE UL­TI­MATE multi-tasker, never afraid of con­tro­ver­sies. Un­der her lead­er­ship, the woman and child de­vel­op­ment min­istry has shifted fo­cus from chalk­ing pol­icy to bring­ing change on the ground. Sev­eral key poli­cies have be­come law in her ten­ure, ben­e­fit­ting women and chil­dren across the coun­try. Maneka is viewed as a tough ad­min­is­tra­tor who speaks her mind and doesn’t mind pick­ing up the phone and call­ing up peo­ple to get work done. “The Na­tional Al­liance Against Child Abuse in cy­berspace that is in the pipe­line will make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of count­less chil­dren,” she says. “Mahila E-haat is an­other game changer as its gives teeth to lo­cal women ar­ti­sans. We are col­lab­o­rat­ing with Ama­zon for this and the deal is likely to be inked any day now.” Maneka wants to re­form the an­gan­wadi sys­tem and train women sarpanches to bring about change at mul­ti­ple lev­els. Over­haul­ing the child nu­tri­tion sys­tem, begin­ning with Ut­tar Pradesh and As­sam, is an­other big ini­tia­tive in the works. Maneka’s work­ing style is hands-on, an­swer­ing e-mails and call­ing up com­plainants her­self.

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