Ministry of Women and Child Development Schemes 


Ministry of Women and Child Development Schemes 

Poshan Abhiyan/National Nutrition Mission

  • PM‘s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN) Abhiyan strive to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies.
  • It targets to reduce stunting, undernutrition, anemia and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.
  • Mission 25 by 2022 – Although it targets to reduce stunting by 2%, Mission would strive to achieve reduction in Stunting from 38.4% (NFHS-4) to 25% by 2022.
  • It may include the following nutrition strategies and interventions
    1. supplementary nutrition,
    2. IYCF(Infant and Young Child
    3. food fortification,
    4. adolescent nutrition,
    5. dietary diversification
    6. maternal health
  • Behavior change communication is the key component of POSHAN Abhiyaan for converting it into Jan Andolan (People‘s movement) SCHEMES
  • All the States and districts will be covered in a phased manner i.e. 315 districts in 2017-18, 235 districts in 2018-19 and remaining districts in 2019-20.
  • It will be funded 50% by the Government of India and 50% by World Bank or other Multinational Development Banks.
  • The Executive Committee is the Apex body for all Nutrition related activities under the POSHAN Abhiyaan.
  • National Council on India‘s nutritional challenges under chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, has been set up under the POSHAN Abhiyaan.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

  • Since 2005, JSY pays Rs.1,400 to poor women who deliver in a hospital, for the first two deliveries.
  • National Food Security Act (2013) mandated the payment of no less than Rs.6,000 to all pregnant women, irrespective of their income status.
  • So the Ministry has formulated Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana.
  • It was implemented using the platform of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and in selected 53 districts across the country.
  • Pan-India Expansion of Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana is called Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)/Maternity Benefit Programmee.
  • The Scheme provides cash incentives to pregnant and lactating women.
    i. for the wage loss so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery;
    ii. to improve her health and nutrition during the period of pregnancy and lactation;
    iii. to breastfeed the child during the first six months of the birth, which is very vital for the development of the child.
  • All Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM), excluding those in regular employment with the Government or PSUs or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being are eligible.
  • Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are eligible will receive a cash benefit of Rs.5,000/- in three installment.
  • The cash incentive is payable in three installments for the first live birth, as normally, the first pregnancy of a woman exposes her to new kind of challenges and stress factors.
  • However, to address the problem of malnutrition and morbidity among children, the anganwadi services, which is universal, is available to all PW&LM including the second pregnancy.
  • The cash transfer would be Aadhaar linked through the individual bank/post office account etc. in DBT mode.
  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme and the cost sharing between Centre and States is 60:40 for all the States and UTs (with legislature), 90:10 for NER and Himalayan States and 100% GoI share for UTs without legislatures.
  • Thus a PW&LM will get Rs. 5,000/- under PMMVY and the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman gets Rs. 6000/-.

Integrated Child Development Scheme

  • ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented by state governments and union territories.
  • It aims at providing supplementary nutrition, immunization and pre-school education to the children.
  • Objectives- To prevent and reduce young child under-nutrition (% underweight children 0-3 years) by 10 percentage points, enhance early development and learning outcomes in all children 0-6 years of age, improve care and nutrition of girls and women and reduce Anaemia prevalence in young children, girls and women by
    one fifth by the end of 12th five year plan.
  • Beneficiaries -Children in the age group of 0-6 years, Pregnant women and Lactating mothers.
  • Services under ICDS -It offers a package of six services such as Supplementary Nutrition, Pre-school nonformal education, Nutrition & health education, Immunization, Health check-up and Referral services.
  • The services are offered at Anganwadi Centres through Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Anganwadi Helpers AWHS) at grassroots level.
  • All components of ICDS except Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) are financed through a 60:40 ratio (central : state). The Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) component was funded through a 50:50 ratio. The North East states have a 90:10 ratio.


  • SABLA/ Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls is a centrally sponsored scheme to empower adolescent girls of 11-18 years and it is implemented through the State Governments/UTs.
  • Objectives:Enable the adolescent girls for self-development and empowerment, Improve their nutrition and
    health status, Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, adolescent reproductive and sexual health
    (arsh) and family and child care and to educate, skill and make them ready for life‘s challenges.
  • It provides an integrated package of services such as
    1. Nutrition provision
    2. Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation
    3. Health check-up and Referral services
    4. Nutrition & Health Education (NHE)
    5. Counseling/Guidance on family welfare, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) , child care practices and home management
    6. Life Skill Education and accessing public services
    7. Vocational training for girls aged 16 & above under National Skill Development Program
  • All Components except nutrition provision will get 100% financial assistance from the Central Government. The nutrition provision will be funded by Central government up to the extent of 50%.


  • SAKSHAM/Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Boys aims holistic development of Adolescent Boys, on the pattern of SABLA.
  • It would aim at the all-round development of Adolescent Boys to make them self-reliant, gender-sensitive and aware citizens, when they grow up.
  • The scheme will focus on all Adolescent Boys between 11 to 18 years and will primarily focus on out-of-school boys.
  • The main objectives of SAKSHAM includes
    1.To make the Adolescent Boys gender sensitive, self-development and empowerment.
    2. To address the health needs i.e. the physical, mental and emotional health of ABs.
    3. To create sensitized Ahimsa Messengers to address Violence against Women.
    4.To provide relevant information and vocational skills through National Skill Development Program (NSDP) for future work-participation.
    5.To promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition and Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health (ARSH) and family and child care.
  • The scheme will utilize the structures made under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services Scheme).
  • The Anganwadicenters are the central points to deliver the services, and if the Anganwadi infrastructure is inadequate, it will be provided by the local Panchayat or Municipal Committee.

Kishori Shakthi Yojana

  • This scheme is a redesign of the already existing Adolescent Girls (AG) Scheme being implemented as a component under the centrally sponsored Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra

  • The objective of this new scheme is to empower rural women through community participation.
  • Improving the child sex ratio, survival of new born girl child, girl education and empower them through several initiatives are the main motives.
  • Under the scheme, community engagement through student volunteers is envisioned in the backward districts at block level.
  • Student volunteers will help in awareness generation regarding various important government programmes as well as social issues.
  • It will be implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under umbrella mission for ―Protection and Empowerment for Women‖ for the duration of 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

  • The scheme is launched to address the issue of decline in CSR in 100 gender critical districts and to provide convergent efforts to ensure survival, protection and education of the girl child.
  • The objectives of the Scheme are
    1. Prevent gender biased sex selective elimination
    2. Ensure survival & protection of the girl child
    3. Ensure education of the girl child
  • The initiative has two major components such as mass communication campaign and multi-sectoral action covering all States and UTs.
  • It is being implemented in a coordinated effort by Ministry of WCD, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of HRD.
  • The Union Cabinet has recently given its approval for expansion of BetiBachaoBetiPadhao for a Pan India reach covering all the 640 districts of the country as per census 2011.
  • CSR – Number of girls per 1000 boys in the age group of 0-6 years. It declined sharply from 976 in 1961 to 918 in Census 2011.

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

  • It is launched as a part of the ‗BetiBachaoBetiPadhao’ campaign.
  • It is a small deposit scheme for girl child to motivate parents to open an account in the name of a girl child and for her welfare to deposit maximum of their savings.
  • The account can be opened at any time from the birth of a girl child till she attains the age of 10 years in any post office or authorized branches of commercial banks.
  • A minimum of Rs. 1000 and maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh can be deposited during a financial year and fetch an interest rate of 9.1 % and provide income tax rebate.
  • The account will get matured in 21 years from the date of opening of account or marriage of the girl child after attaining 18 years of age.
  • Partial Withdrawal for girl child education can be done when she cleared 10th class or turned 18 years.
  • 100% of the amount can be withdrawn after girl child turns 18 is allowed and the provision of not allowing the withdrawal till the age of 18 is to prevent early marriage.


  • It is comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
  • The Objectives of the Schemes –
  • To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities, awareness generation programmes, etc.
  • To facilitate rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation and place them in safe custody.
  • To provide rehabilitation services
  • To facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large.
  • To facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin.


  • It caters to primary needs of women in difficult circumstances.
  • This is a Central sector scheme for integrated services to women in difficult circumstances like destitute widows, women prisoners released from jail and without family support, women survivors of natural disasters, trafficked women/girls , mentally challenged women etc.
  • The package of services include provision for food, clothing, shelter, health care, counselling and legal support, social and economic rehabilitation through education, awareness generation , skill upgradation.

Swadhar Greh Scheme

  • The Scheme is implemented to target women victims.
  • Women victims of difficult circumstances who are in need of institutional support for rehabilitation are being given help so that they could lead their life with dignity.
  • The Scheme envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for women victims.
  • The scheme focuses on establishing one SwadharGreh in each district.

Support to Training & Employment Programme for Women

  • It is a ‗Central Sector Scheme‘ that aims to provide skills that give employability to women and to provide competencies and skill that enable women to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.
  • The Scheme is intended to benefit women who are in the age group of 16 years and above across the country.
  • The grant under the Scheme is given to an institution/ organization including NGOs directly and not the States/ UTs.
  • The assistance will be available in any sector for imparting skills related to employability and entrepreneurship.

SHe-box Portal

  • SHe-box (Sexual Harassment electronic box) is an online platform to enable women employees to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace.
  • It enables both public and private sector employees to lodge their complaints.
  • It ensures the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.


  • It is a one-stop centre for providing medical, legal and rehabilitation facilities for women subjected to any kind of violence.
  • These centres will be established across the country to provide integrated support and assistance under one
    roof both in private and public spaces in a phased manner.
  • It focuses on strengthening of Multi Sectoral Response to violence faced by Women.

Jan Sampark

  • It is a monthly programme to facilitate adoption.
  • The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) under MoWCD is the nodal authority.
  • The first of its kind programme was held recently in New Delhi.
  • The Programme enables the public to have interaction with its officials and staff for seeking information related to Adoption.


  • NARI is an online portal developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • The portal will provide women citizens with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women.
  • It provides links to the Ministries, Departments and autonomous bodies offering the schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.

Khoya Paya web portal

  • It is a citizen based website to exchange information on missing and found children.
  • It has been developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
  • There is also portal named ‗Track Child‘ that belongs to the Ministry of Home Affairs, but in that portal only police communicates with the police.

Other Initiatives

  • National Mission For Empowerment Of Women (NMEW)/ Mission Poorna Shakti– It aims to achieve holistic empowerment of women through convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Department of Government of India as well as State Governments.
  • Priyadarshini Scheme– It is a women Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme in the Mid Gangetic Plains.
  • The focus of the project is on livelihood enhancement, the beneficiaries will be empowered to address their political, legal, health problems issues through rigorous capacity building.
  • Nari Shakti Puraskar – It is an award conferred on eminent women, organization and institutions rendering distinguished service to the cause of women especially belonging to the vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD).
  • Mahila E-Haat – It is an initiative for meeting aspirations and needs of women.
  • It is a bilingual portal provides unique direct online marketing platform leveraging technology for supporting women entrepreneurs/SHGs/ NGOs for showcasing their products / services.
  • Dhanalakshmi Scheme – The objective of the scheme is to provide a set of financial incentives for families to encourage them to retain a girl child, educate her and prevent child marriage.
  • The scheme provides for cash transfers to the family of the girl child on fulfilling certain specific conditions like immunization, enrolment and retention in school, insurance cover etc.
  • e-Samvad- e-Samvad is an online portal to provide a platform for NGOs and Civil Societies to interact with the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
  • Through e-Samvad, NGOs and civil society can provide their feedback, suggestions, put up grievances, share best practices which will help in formulation of effective policies.


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