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“Nari”, a web portal for women, launched by the WCD Ministry

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New Delhi, Jan 2, 2018: In order to make information on all government schemes and initiatives for women more easily accessible, the Ministry for Women Child and Development on Tuesday launched a new web platform – “Nari”.

The National Repository of Information for Women was launched by WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi. It summarises over 350 schemes and other important information benefiting women.

“Nari is a niche initiative by the WCD Ministry to list all the central and state specific schemes. The platform will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives,” said the Minister at the event.

Nari will provide links to the Ministries, departments and autonomous bodies offering the schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.

The website will have tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice.

Besides, information on crimes against women and reporting procedures. It will also have contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and many other facilities.

“It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitate them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the government,” she added.

The Minister also launched another web portal – “e Samvad” which will enable the NGOs and civil society to provide their feedback, suggestions, put up grievances, share best practices and others.

“Senior officers within the WCD Ministry will be able to view the inputs and suggestions received for their concerned subject areas and appropriately respond to the NGOs.

“This will help in formulation of effective policies and measures for welfare of women and children,” Gandhi said. (IANS)

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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel to Haj without Mahram

The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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