Union Ministry draws up national plan

As the nation awaits the sentencing of the four men found guilty in the December 16 gang-rape case, the Union Ministry of Women & Child Welfare has drawn up a national plan under the Nirbhaya Fund to provide protection to vulnerable women.

Titled Shubh , this is the Ministry’s first programme undertaken with financial aid from the Rs.1,000-crore Nirbhaya Corpus Fund.

Women & Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said on Wednesday: “ Shubh is aimed at mapping vulnerabilities and identifying areas and categories of women who need special protection measures such as women in prostitution or widowed women.”

Hundred per cent financial assistance would be provided to State Governments/Union Territories for 2.6 years of this Plan period to implement the various components of the scheme in a public-private partnership model.