The Women and Child Development Ministry is setting up short stay homes to provide relief and rehabilitation to destitute women across the country, Minister of State Krishana Raj said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

“The Swadhar and Short Stay Homes will provide rehabilitation to women in distress and training to ensure sustainable employment and income generation for marginalized and asset-less rural and urban poor women across the country,” Raj said.

Apart from it, the government is also implementing various other schemes/programmes for empowerment of women and child development through NGOs across the country.

The other schemes include the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme, Ujjawala, Rashtriya Mahila Kosh and working women hostels.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme has been set up to provide daycare facilities to children of age group of six months to six years of working women who are employed.

The Ujjawala programme is a comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking and rescue, rehabilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

The Rastriya Mahila Kosh plans to extend micro-finance services to bring about socio-economic upliftment of poor women.

Also for ensuring safe accommodation for women working away from their place of residence the working women hostels are being set up.

“Review meetings with Women and Child Development Departments of state governments and UT administrations, including Northeastern region, are held to discuss the issues for effective implementation of the programmes and schemes to expedite beneficiary coverage and proper fund utilization,”Raj said.

The minister also stated proper implementation of the schemes.

“Regional-level consultations are also held to discuss issues concerning implementation of schemes.  The monitoring reports received from states are analysed in the Ministry.  The problem areas are communicated to concerned states/UTs for taking corrective actions,” Raj said.

“In addition, regular state visits are conducted by the Ministry&’s officials in order to understand the implementation problems being faced by states/UTs.  The schemes which are being implemented have inbuilt monitoring mechanism, are also periodically reviewed for their proper and better implementation,” the minister added.