“What we have till now is food which is not even calorie-dense. Secondly, our delivery system has always been dependent on anganwadis. Anganwadi stopped being an effective delivery system 20 years ago,” Maneka said
Cash transfers instead of food has been widely debated with several criticising it for not being an actual substitute for take-home rations, which is a mix of cereals, fats, sugar and pulses, with added micronutrients.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi suggested appointing women as drivers in school buses and in the non-teaching staff as part of efforts to ensure safety of children.
“It is sad to see young boys and girls falling victims to this self-destructive game. We all have to be extremely vigilant for our children who are becoming victims.”
“In view of continued incidents of #BlueWhaleChallenge deaths, our Ministry has sought active role of schools in tackling the issue (sic),” the WCD Ministry tweeted.
Maneka Gandhi was praising Khattar when his resignation is being sought and his government government was under fire from all quarters for Panchkula rioting killing three dozen and injuring nearly 250.
“I would like to draw your attention to the fact that Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 fails to address the casual factors of begging and takes an archaic approach which violates the rights of children and contradicts the protective provisions of Juvenile Justice Act,” Maneka Gandhi said.
“I would request @SushmaSwaraj to intervene and bring the girl back to India from Oman,” the minister wrote on the microblogging site. She also asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to contact the family members of the girl.
The blue whale game is a 50-day challenge which demands that players complete tasks given by an anonymous “handler”. The “handler” instructs the players to cause self-harm, leading up to suicide.
Responding to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, the minister also said so far 151 one-stop centres have been set up to protect women facing violence or “anticipated violence”.
While the rash of false allegations under Section 498A demand a course correction, interventions could be as problematic
“I have been receiving a large number of complaints from men who claim they have been falsely implicated in cases of domestic violence, dowry, rape etc. I am particularly concerned with the fact that this voice has become more and more loud in the last few months,” Maneka has written.
The 2015 Law Commission report defines guardianship as a “bundle of rights and powers that an adult has in relation to the person and property of a minor”. It states that custody is a “narrower concept relating to the upbringing and day-to-day care and control of the minor”.
The sexual harassment Act mandates that all workplaces with more than 10 workers constitute an internal complaints committee for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. “We are not treading on anybody’s toes. The idea of this portal is to remedy the cases before they reach the level where legal action may be warranted,” Maneka Gandhi told.
“We are also going to soon conduct a national survey to assess the nature and magnitude of sexual harassment at the workplace,” Union minister Maneka Gandhi said after launching the portal at her office.