Nearly 70,000 people walking into One Stop Centers and 111 lakh calls received

Hyderabad, February 02, 2018…… The One Hundred and Eighty One Stop Centers (OSCs), set up by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) across the country in 28 states received 111 lakh calls in the last 15 months are so. Nearly 70,000 people walked during that time. These numbers are not small and are very disturbing said, Chetan B. Sanghi, Joint Secretary for Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt of India.

Representing on behalf of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who couldn’t make to the National Women’s Summit due to Union Budget, Chetan B. Sanghi said, Violence Against Women is the focus area of our ministry.

The Ministry also has an helpline for Cyber Crimes agains women and children. They are the primary target. This helpline  “Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC)” was introduced taking note of the increasing cyber bullying and harassment directed against women and children, said Chetan  B. Singh.  The portal, which is be funded through Nirbhaya fund, revealed that the number of cases are going down, which is a good development.

“Cyber platforms are increasingly being misused by perpetrators to harass and abuse women and children for voyeuristic pleasures. Ministry has been working actively about this with Ministry of Home Affairs, NCRB and NIC to tackle Cybercrime against women and children,” he informed.

 Speaking further Chetan B. Singh added that we have been hearing about many husbands holding the passports of the their wives and harassing them.  Ministry of has done away with name of the spouse or father in the Passport.  This was have done because in view of the many complaints received, especially from women, of precudural harassment in passport offices and also keeping with global practices. That is why the Ministry of External Affairs is doing away with those details.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched, a portal for all schemes for women.  The portal carries details on 350 different schemes for women and will be updated from time to time.  The schemes are divided into seven different categories---- education, health, employment, housing and shelter, addressing violence, decision making and social support.


This portal provides information on all government schemes for women. Users can log on to to access information on different programmes offered by various state governments as well as the Centre, the minister told reporters he informed.

Education is the first step towards women empowerment said  Swati Singh, Minister for Women & Child Welfare Ministry, Govt of UP.  She delivered a special address at the on going 3 day National Women’s Summit being organised by Pragna Bharathi.

On the day two of the Summit today, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living addressed the 1000 plus gathering over Skype and answered to the questions of the participants.

Sangita Reddy, Joint MD of Apollo Group of Hospitals delivered a Keynote address.  Women still go largely under- represented on corporate boards, she said. The percentage of women in top leadership roles is even lower as they constituted 3.2 per cent of board chairs in India in 2016 she informed.

Amita Kasbekar, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Deloitte In India spoke on the Equality: A myth or a reality.  She shared the study of the industry trends.  Karuna Gopal, President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, spoke about Women Leaders from Farm to Factory---Road Less Travelled.   Kiranmayi Pendyala, COO of AMD addressed on Skills and Technology, Making Indian Women ready for digital transformation.  She spoke about Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study.

The theme of the summit was very refreshing “Women’s Development to Women-Led Development.” 

The Summit brought together professionals of diversebackgrounds and experiences with a common desire to bring in a change in thesocietal mindset by creating an interactive forum for dialogue and insight ontrends and topics that directly influence and affect women.


The speakers who will speak on Saturday include ShaziaIlmi, a social activist, and politician, former television journalist andanchor at Star News and the spokesperson for India Against Corruption movementled by Anna Hazare.


Missile Scientist and Project Director for Agni-IVMissile in Defence Research and Development Organisation who has thedistinction of being the first woman scientist to head a missile project inIndia, Tessy Thomas is the other speaker. She is known as the “Missile Woman of India” is the other keynotespeaker.


The six main subjects of the Summit includeIndustrialization and Women; Women-Led Development; Women and EmploymentOpportunities; Women in Leadership; Their Rights and What Women Deserve.  These are the main focus areas.


Parallel to the Summit, a Trade Fair is alsoorgansied.  The Summit had paneldiscussions, concurrent sessions, expert talks and cultural events. 

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