Govt. Welfare Schemes

Empowerment of Women

NARI (National Repository of Information for Women)

  • Ministry – Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Purpose – It is in the direction of empowerment and welfare of women and children.
  • The portal will provide easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women.
  • It will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives. There are tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check-ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice, information on crimes and against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and much more.
  • It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitates them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the Government for them.
  • E-Samvad portal- Launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development. In this portal NGOs and civil society can provide their feedback, suggestions, put up grievances, share best practices etc. This will help in formulation of effective policies and measures for welfare of women and children.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme

  • Ministry – It is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • Purpose – Survival, protection & education of the girl child. It aims to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) through a mass campaign across the country targeted at changing societal mindsets & creating awareness about the criticality of the issue. The Scheme will have focussed intervention & multi-sectoral action in 100 districts with low Child Sex Ratio.
  • Objective
    • Prevention of gender biased sex selective elimination
    • Ensuring survival & protection of the girl child
    • Ensuring education and participation of the girl child
  • Schemes launched to encourage Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
    • To encourage the participation of girls at elementary level, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) provides for the opening of schools in the neighborhood to make access easier for girls, the appointment of additional teachers including women teachers, free textbooks, free uniforms, separate toilets for girls, teachers’ sensitization programmes to promote girls participation, gender-sensitive teaching learning materials including textbooks.
    • Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas as residential upper primary schools for girls belonging to SC/ST/Minority Communities, BPL families and girls in difficult circumstances.
    • Under the Rashtriya Madyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) interventions to promote girlsparticipation in secondary schools include opening of new schools, strengthening of existing schools, appointment of teachers, construction of residential quarters for teachers inremote/hilly areas, hostel facilities for girls, teacher sensitization programmes, separatetoilet blocks for girls, stipend for girls with disability and vocationalization of secondaryeducation which provides for choice of courses by the girls in such a manner that gender stereotyping is avoided.
    • In addition, the National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE),exemption from paying tuition fee in Kendriya Vidyalayas, and 33% reservation for girls inNavodaya Vidyalayas, are also being implemented.

National Nutrition Mission

  • Ministry – Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Objective – It aims to improve the nutritionalindicators of children and pregnant women andlactating mothers.
  • The Mission aims
    • to prevent and reduce prevalence of stunting among children (0-6 years) in the country by6%
    • under-nutrition (underweight) prevalence among children (0-6 years) by 6%
    • prevalence of anaemia among children (6-59 m) by 9%
    • prevalence of anaemia among women (15-49 years) by 9% and
    • reduction in prevalence of low birth weight by 6%

One Stop Centre Scheme

  • Ministry – Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Objective – It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centres (OSC), to befunded from the Nirbhaya Fund. These Centres will be established across the country to provideintegrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both inprivate and public spaces in a phased manner.


  • Ministry – Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Objective – It is a comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue,Rehabilitation, Re-integration and Repatriation of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial SexualExploitation.
  • Features
    • These rehabilitative centers are given financial support for providing shelter and basic amenities such as food, clothing, medical care, legal aid; education in the case the victimsare children, as well as for undertaking vocational training and income generation activitiesto provide the victims with alternate livelihood option.
    • The Government receives performance reports from the State Government/Union TerritoryAdministration from time to time and after considering the reports, further grants arereleased to the Implementing Agencies. Further, each sanctioned project is reviewed afterthree years of implementation.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)

  • Ministry – Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Objectives -
    • providing partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that thewoman can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child; and
    • the cash incentives provided would lead to improved health seeking behaviour amongstthe Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM).
  • The maternity benefits under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) are available toall Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) except those in regular employment withthe Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force, for first living child of thefamily as normally, the first pregnancy of a woman exposes her to new kind of challenges and stress factors.
  • Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra scheme, promote community participation throughinvolvement of Student Volunteers for empowerment of rural women.
  • National Creche Scheme to provide day care facilities to children of age group of 6 months to 6years of working women who are employed.
  • Rastriya Mahila Kosh (RMK) to provide micro-credit to poor women for various livelihoodsupport and income generating activities at concessional terms in a client-friendly procedure tobring about their socio-economic development.
  • Swadhar Greh to provide relief and rehabilitation to destitute women and women in distress.