NEW DELHI(PTI): Union minister Maneka Gandhi said on Monday the government will soon bring an anti-trafficking legislation for the rescue and reintegration of trafficked persons, besides making distinction between trafficked and traffickers. “The Government will soon bring anti-trafficking legislation into the Parliament, the draft of which is ready,” Gandhi said while addressing the Regional Editors’ Conference organised by the Press Information Bureau in Chandigarh on Monday.
The minister said Centre will try to introduce the bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament. “It will cover rescue, relief and reintegration of trafficked persons, and for the first time will make a distinction between those trafficked and the traffickers,” she said.
Highlighting the steps being taken by the Centre for the safety and protection of women and children, she said the Ministry of Women and Child has launched POCSO e-Box, a simple and easy facility to register complaints of child sexual abuse or harassment. “81 complaints have already been received on this e-Box,” the Union minister of Women & Child Development said.
In another important initiative to track missing children, the Minister said, the ‘Khoya Paya’ portal has already reported nearly 6,000 cases of missing/sighted children since its launch last year. Runaway/missing children are also being helped under Special Operating Procedures developed in association with Railways, she added. “13,000 children have already been helped under this initiative and posters are being pasted in all railway coaches to report children in distress,” Gandhi said.
Some of the other initiatives of the Modi government include decision to install panic buttons on all cell phones for women in distress from January 1, 2017, setting up of nearly 170 ‘One Stop Centres’ by March 2017 for women affected by violence, ‘Beti bachao Beti Padhao’ programme to reverse the declining child sex ratio, 33% reservation for women in police force, and setting up a large Home for 1000 widows in Vrindavan, said Gandhi.
The Minister said that guidelines for matrimonial websites are being implemented to prevent their misuse. An online portal ‘Mahil e-Haat’ for women to sell their products has been set up on which business worth nearly Rs 6 lakh was transacted in the first six months itself. “Women sarpanches are being trained to empower them to administer the villages professionally,” she said.
The minister further said the government is now working to revamp the ‘Anganwadi’ system in which nutrition is being administered to children and pregnant women. “To ensure healthy children, the Government is now working for six months’ mandatory maternity leave for working women for which the Ministry of Labour and Employment has moved to introduce amendments in the Act,” the Union minister said.