Chandigarh, April 2
Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur on Saturday said that proper implementation of central sponsored programs is must to achieve the target to empower women and children of the country.
Speaking on the ocassion of Zonal Conference organised by Union Government with nine States/UTs including Punjab, Dr. Baljit kaur said that Women and Children needed equal opportunities in every sectors and Education can play a vanguard role to empower these sections of the society. She said that violence and injustices are the core concern areas which created hindrances in holistic development. She suggested that the central policies should be designed to remove all the social barriers creating obstacles to overall development of women and children.
Presiding over the conference, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Ms. Smriti Irani said that the objective of this initiative is to empower and protect of women and children who constitute 67.7% of India’s population. She said that ensuring holistic development of women and children in a safe and secure environment is crucial for sustainable and equitable development of the country and for achieving transformational economic and social changes.
Ms. Irani informed that the prime motive of the Ministry of Women and Child Development is to address gaps in State action for women & children and to promote inter-ministerial and inter-sectoral convergence to create gender equitable and child centred legislation, policies and programs. She added that Union Cabinet has approved 3 important Umbrella Schemes of the Ministry to be implemented in mission mode, viz., Mission Poshan 2.0, Mission Shakti and Mission Vatsalya.