October 5, 2012 1:41:07 am
With an outlay of Rs 117,707 crore for women and child development,including Rs 108,503 crore for flagship nutrition programme ICDS,the 12th plan document stresses on the need for convergent action across ministries. It sets clear targets for multi-sectoral action for women and children,taking it out of the purview of solely the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Ministries like Health,HRD,Rural Development and Panchayati Raj have been given long lists of indicative action.
For Health,areas identified include the need to address falling sex ratio,ensure universal health and child care,and a range of initiatives for women like tackling vitamin A and iodine deficiencies.
HRD has been charged with strengthening of ICDS convergence and linkages with primary schools,ensure quality and standards of education,and institute child tracking systems in Naxal-hit areas.
The tasks given to Rural Development include making flagship programmes like MGNREGA more child friendly and provide social assistance to elderly and widows and mandate gender assessment as a part of all programme reviews.
Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been asked to ensure 50 per cent reservation for women in PRIs and move towards women and child friendly panchayats where the rights of women and children are protected and end violence against children,girls and women.
Other ministries whose roles have been laid down are Minority Affairs,Home,Statistics and Programme Implementation,Urban Development and Tribal Affairs.
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