My Friend (Meri Saheli), a programme launched in 2020, provides enhanced safety and security to women train commuters. Well-trained teams of women officers and support staff are available to women passengers in all stations across the country.
Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, a programme aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls and increasing the access and usage of high-quality sanitary napkins, has been able to train young girls to be aware of menstrual hygiene and to dispose sanitary pads without harming the environment. The 8918 Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana Kendras (Government Medical Provisionery Stores) now store oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkins that are made available to young girls at a nominal cost of INR 1 (USD 0.012) per pad. Around 31.40 crore (314 million) sanitary napkins have been distributed to schoolgirls so far.
Clean Cooking Fuel Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) is a programme aimed at providing women with clean cooking fuel to replace traditional cooking fuels (such as firewood, coal, cow-dung cakes etc.) which harm the environment as well as the health of women. The scheme has benefited over 9.55 crore (95 million approx.) Indian households. Cooking gas coverage has increased from 62% in 2016 to 104.1% in 2022. India's success story in delivering energy access and energy justice while accomplishing climate change and women empowerment goals is a good example for the world.
Ground-Water Management Scheme (Atal Bhujal Yojana) at the community level is aiming to keep women at the front and centre to improve community led sustainable ground water management. The scheme also aims at bringing about behavioural change at the community level through awareness programs and capacity-building for fostering sustainable ground water management. The participation of women in water budgeting and water security planning exercises has been kept at least 33% in the gram panchayat (village council)-level Water User Associations.Water Life Mission (Jal Jeevan Mission) is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural India. The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through grey water management, water conservation and rainwater-harvesting. The programme will be based on a community-based and will include extensive information, education and communication as a key component of the mission. This initiative is a boon for rural women as it saves them the effort and time of walking long miles to fetch water for drinking and household purposes. Since the launch of the mission in 2019, over 6.37 crore (63.7 million) tap-water connections have been provided to rural households, impacting the quality of women’s lives.
Hub for Empowerment of Women is an important component under Mission Shakti. Earlier, there was no dedicated institutional set up for assisting women at the state and district levels. The schemes of various ministries/departments of the Central and State Governments meant for women were implemented in silos. The Hub for Empowerment of Women seeks to fill this critical gap in state's action for women. It aims to facilitate inter-sectoral convergence of schemes and programmes meant for women both at the Central, state/UT, and district levels.
In the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s initiative Creche Facility (Palna) scheme for children of working mothers, is a sub-scheme of Women’s Empowerment (Samarthya) under Mission Shakti, seeks to address the urgent need for quality crèche facilities. The objective is to provide crèche facilities to all mothers, irrespective of their employment status, is a marked shift from the earlier policy, arising out of the understanding that existence of quality crèche facilities is a necessary precondition to encourage women to explore employment opportunities.
The One Stop Centre (OSC) scheme under Ministry of Women and Child Development is the mainstay of the Sambal sub-scheme as well as of all activities at district level. It is being implemented since 1st April, 2015 to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence and in distress, both in private and public spaces under one roof. It facilitates immediate, emergency and non-emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, temporary shelter, police assistance, psychological and counselling support. Presently, OSCs are being set up in each district of the country. Till date, 758 OSCs have been approved across the country, out of which 730 OSCs have been operationalized which have assisted over 6.17 lakh (0.617 Million) women. The setting up of OSCs from the year 2015 onwards, at district level, have provided a dedicated platform to women facing violence and who are in distress to get necessary help and assistance, which was not available earlier. The OSCs have been set up in different phases and over half of them have been operationalized in the past three years. This clearly shows that the scheme is moving in the right direction to achieve the envisaged goals and objectives.
The objection of Women Help Line (WHL) is to provide 24-hour complaint and counselling services to women affected by violence by linking them with appropriate authorities such as police, hospitals, legal service authority, psychological services along with providing information about women related government programmes across the country through a single uniform number. The helpline functions with a team of trained experts. National Commission for Women also assists women through this helpline and also work on the grievance redressal mechanism in place.. A total of 81.97 lakh (8.197 Million) calls have been handled by WHLs since its inception.
Women’s Court (Nari Adalat) envisages providing women with an alternate grievance redressal mechanism for resolving cases of petty nature (harassment, subversion, curtailment of rights or entitlements) faced by women at the Village Council (Gram Panchayat) level. It will be implemented in a phased manner. Nari Adalats or women collectives are to be formed by committed and socially respected women chosen for that purpose. This platform is also to be utilized for engaging with the public for awareness generation and getting feedback for improvement in the schemes and for effective public delivery of services.
The Government of India has provided financial assistance under the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) scheme, to the States/UTs for their capacity building such as setting up of cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories, hiring of junior cyber consultants and training of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel, public prosecutors and judicial officers. So far, cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories have been commissioned in 28 States/UTs. So far, more than 20,000 LEA personnel, judicial officers and prosecutors have been provided training on cyber-crime awareness, investigation, and forensics.