The Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi today held another live Q&A session on Facebook India to discuss the achievements of the Ministry of Women & Child Development on completion of two years of Government. The interaction aimed to get a one-on-one feedback on citizens’ perspective of Good Governance and suggestions on the way forward for Transforming India.
The live chat, which began at 9AM, received an overwhelming response with questions ranging from women’s security to child health to the policies and schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Nearly 1500 questions received and 1,00,000 people were reached during the session with questions ranging from the recently released Draft National Policy for Women to Adoption, Violence against women, Harassment against elderly women to Child rights, Foster care, Gender sensitization, among others. The WCD Minister shed light on the various initiatives of the Ministry like digitisation of Anganwadis , One-stop centres to help women in distress, Training of women sarpanches, Panic buttons in phones, 33% reservation in police, Women volunteers in every village and several similar efforts for women and children of the country. She added that these initiatives have already started showing positive results and others would be apparent as time goes by.
The chat had to be extended due to the heavy stream of questions. The Minister said, “Facebook Live Chat will be a regular feature as it is one of the finest ways to connect with people in the tech-savvy world”.
As a pioneering initiative to connect with people, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has invited women journalists from across India to a common platform. This will be the first time that journalists from various corners of the country will be brought together with others from larger media houses on June 7, 2016 in New Delhi. This will provide them a platform to interact among themselves, as well as with the Minister and Ministry’s officials. They will get an insight into the Government’s initiatives for women and children which it is hoped will empower them to write constructively about the same.
The WCD Minister, Smt Maneka Gandhi held the first Q & A session on Facebook India last year in September, in which she highlighted the new initiatives being taken up by the Government for women and children and also received valuable suggestions from the people.