Online portal ‘NARI’ for women empowerment : Civil Services Mentor Magazine: FEBRUARY - 2018
::Online portal ‘NARI’ for women empowerment::
- There are various challenges which are faced by the women in India, which provides a hindrance for the equal participation of women in India. Illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges. Though literacy among women have improved it is still less than that of men. Poor Sex ratio is another problem which leads to the problem for women to participate in politics. Sex ratio in India has just started improving in the last census still it is 943/1000. However more alarming is child sex ratio at 914/1000. Government scheme Beti bachao Beti Padhao will help in improving the sex ratio and also developing future leaders. Probably the most important hindrance for women to participate in politics is physical and sexual violence. It highly discourages women to come into politics. Economic dependence on men is very big factor in developing women leadership. However the biggest challenge which women in India faces is about security. Nirbhaya issue shocked the conscience of the nation and it still lingers in the memory of the countrymen.
- In a path breaking initiative to empower women, the Minister of Women & Child Development, inaugurated an online portal NARI in New Delhi. Developed by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, the portal will provide women citizens with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women. Further to provide a platform for NGOs and Civil Societies to interact with the Ministry of Women & Child Development, e-Samvad portal has also been developed.
- The user trials of panic button, backed with a full real time emergency response system, began in Uttar Pradesh from 26th January this year. The Childline will be expanded to 500 Cities (currently in 412 cities) and Railway Childline will be expanded to 88 Railway stations (currently in 33) by March, 2018. 150 new One Stop Centres will be added in 2018 beyond 165 centres which are operating. The inter-ministerial authority on issues related to NRI marriages has already been constituted. The Law Ministry is already examining legislative amendments pertaining to this issue which will be taken up in 2018, WCD Minister explained.
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- The Government – both Central and State – has implemented a number of schemes & legislations for women to provide them equal rights, economic opportunities, social support, legal aid, housing etc. However, there is often a lack of awareness of these provisions and difficulties in accessing their benefits. For example, many are unaware that One Stop Centres are available in 168 districts for women in difficult circumstances, PM Awas Yojana gives priority to registration of homes in the name of women and many State Governments offer financial support for the education of girl children. However, information related to women centric schemes/legislations are all scattered on different websites/ portals.
- In order to make this information more easily accessible in one place, the NARI portal summarizes over 350 government schemes and other important information for the benefit of women, with more being added everyday. It provides links to the Ministries, Departments and autonomous bodies offering these schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.
- NARI will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives. There are tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice, information on crimes and against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and much more. It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitates them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the Government for them.
- Through e-Samvad portal, NGOs and civil society can provide their feedback, suggestions, put up grievances, share best practices etc. Senior Officers within MWCD will be able to view the inputs/suggestions received for their concerned subject areas and appropriately respond to NGOs. This will help in formulation of effective policies and measures for welfare of women and children.
- Empowerment and welfare of women and children is top priority of the government, NARI and e-Samvad portals are initiatives in this direction.