Union minister for women and child development Smriti Irani assured Anganwadis and one-stop centres across the Northeast of active support to ensure that geographical and logistical challenges are met expeditiously by interventions from the Centre.
Irani made the announcement during the zonal conference of state governments and stakeholders of the North-East region in Guwahati on Sunday.
Participants from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Nagaland attended the conference.
Lauding the efforts of the stakeholders for their contribution, the minister said that addressing the issues of female health and nutrition of children has been possible because of their cooperation and support.
The minister, who was on a day-long visit to Guwahati, said that the one-stop crisis centre saw a collaborative effort where various branches of government came together to ensure that police, psycho-social counsellors and legal counsellors get together under one roof.
"In collaboration with women helplines across the country in the past three years, 70 lakh women have received support from the government in the state and the Centre," she informed.
Irani also informed that 300 more such centres would be opened.
"In collaboration with women helplines across the country in the past three years, 70 lakh women have received support from the government in the state and the Centre," she informedIn her address, the minister highlighted the details of Poshan Abhiyan and other initiatives of the ministry.
Talking about other initiatives by the government, the minister said that there are around 25 crore women benefiting from Jan-DhanYojana who have bank accounts.
"Sixty-eight per cent of beneficiaries of Mudra Yojana are women and 80 per cent of the beneficiaries of Stand-Up India are women," she informed.
The zonal conference in Guwahati is one among several aimed at exploring strategic interventions for addressing malnutrition concerns and for the empowerment, development and protection of women and children.
The conferences are also aimed to sensitise states and Union Territories on three umbrella missions of the ministry and facilitate proper implementation of the schemes over the next five years.
The three umbrella schemes of the ministry to be implemented on a mission mode are Mission Poshan 2.0, Mission Shakti and Mission Vatsalya.
The prime objective of the ministry of women and child development is to address the gaps in state action for women and children and to promote inter-ministerial and inter-sectoral convergence to create gender equitable and child-centred legislation, policies and programmes.
The ministry aims to provide women and children an environment which is accessible, affordable, reliable and free from all forms of discrimination and violence.