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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
10-February-2014 15:06 IST
National Policy for Women

The Government of India had adopted the National Policy for Empowerment of Women on 20th March, 2001 with the objective to bring about the advancement, development and empowerment of women and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. The policies/programmes of the Government are all directed towards achieving inclusive growth with special focus on women in line with the objective of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women.

Given the long term nature of issues which impact on women, need was felt to strengthen the processes that promote all-round development of women by focussing on a coordinated approach for implementation of the schemes of the concerned Ministries/Departments and by creating an enabling environment conducive to social change. With this in view, the Government has set up National Mission for Empowerment of Women on 08.03.2010 with the objective of convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Departments of Government of India as well as State Governments/UT Administrations. The Government of India also has constituted a High Level Committee for study of the Status of Women in the country since 1989, the mandate of which inter-alia, includes measures evolving appropriate policy interventions based on a contemporary assessment of Women’s needs.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.