First ever Con­fer­ence of Part­ner NGOs of WCD Min­istry held in New Delhi

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The first ever con­fer­ence of Part­ner NGOs of WCD Min­istry was held in New Delhi to­day. The Min­is­ter of Women and Child De­vel­op­ment, Smt Maneka San­jay Gandhi in­au­gu­rated the con­fer­ence ti­tled “Im­ple­men­ta­tion of Poli­cies, Schemes and Pro­grammes for Women and Chil­dren: Chal­lenges and Way For­ward”. More than 130 par­tic­i­pants from var­i­ous NGOs across the coun­try at­tended to­day’s con­fer­ence aimed at sen­si­tiz­ing them about the var­i­ous schemes of WCD Min­istry and to give them an op­por­tu­nity to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and in­sights. Ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants, Smt Maneka San­jay Gandhi said that NGOs play a very vi­tal role since a large num­bers of schemes, pro­grammes and poli­cies of the gov­ern­ment, which are be­ing im­ple­mented at the ground level with the help of NGOs. The Min­istry of Women and Child De­vel­op­ment has taken up sev­eral new ini­tia­tives like One Stop Cen­tres, Beti Bachao Beti Pad­hao, Women Helpline, Na­tional Pol­icy for Women, Bill against Traf­fick­ing, Na­tional Al­liance against Child Abuse amongst many such oth­ers, the Min­is­ter ex­plained. She urged the NGOs to play an ac­tive role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of these ini­tia­tives as well as to give their sug­ges­tions for bet­ter de­liv­ery. Smt Maneka San­jay Gandhi said that the flag­ship scheme launched by the Prime Min­is­ter, Beti Bachao Beti Pad­hao has shown a tremen­dous suc­cess since 104 out of 161 BBBP dis­tricts have shown an in­creas­ing trend in Sex Ra­tio at Birth. This im­plies a clear cut change in at­ti­tude and urged the NGOs to come for­ward to en­sure fur­ther suc­cess of the scheme. The WCD Min­is­ter held half an hour in­ter­ac­tion with the par­tic­i­pants in which they high­lighted the var­i­ous is­sues and prob­lem be­ing faced by them at the grass root level. Smt Maneka Gandhi said that Min­istry is al­ready train­ing sarpanches and an­gan­wadi work­ers and as sug­gested by the par­tic­i­pants, it can also or­ga­nize train­ing pro­grams for NGOs work­ing in the field of women and chil­dren. The Min­is­ter also as­sured that an on­line fa­cil­ity will soon be cre­ated for the NGOs in the field of women and chil­dren to en­able them to lodge their com­plaints or high­light their is­sues. MoS WCD, Dr. Viren­dra Ku­mar lauded the role played by the NGOs in dif­fer­ent ar­eas. He said that the NGOs have been play­ing an im­por­tant role in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of trafficked women. Dr. Viren­dra Ku­mar said that is­sues re­lated to se­cu­rity of women and chil­dren have be­come a mat­ter of con­cern and the NGOs must come for­ward to work with the gov­ern­ment in this area. Sec­re­tary WCD, Shri Rakesh Sri­vas­tava, while com­mend­ing the im­por­tant role of NGOs, hoped that the part­ner­ship be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the NGOs will grow and help in im­ple­ment­ing the schemes and pro­grammes suc­cess­fully. The to­day’s con­fer­ence was based on the fol­low­ing broad themes: • Vi­o­lence Against

Pre­ven­tion and Women: Fa­cil­i­tat­ing

Maneka Gandhi, Min­is­ter for Women & Child De­vel­op­ment

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