Govt. to spend around Rs 100 crore on appointment of protection officers to work for PWDVA implementation

New Delhi, Jan.21 (ANI): Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on Monday said the government will spend around 100 crore rupees per annum on the appointment of protection officers to work exclusively for the implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005.

Inaugurating the sixth national conference on PPWDVA 2005 here, Tirath said: The Ministry of WCD has made a provision of around Rs. 100 cr per annum from 2013 onwards for appointment of protection officers who can exclusively work towards implementation of the PWDVA for the 12th plan period."

She further that the ministry will be assisting state governments in funding for two protection officers and two service providers in districts and for office equipment etc. and one protection officer exclusively in Talukas/Sub divisional offices in 100 vulnerable districts.

Tirath stated that the PWDV Act provides comprehensive and effective civil remedies with criminal procedures to ensure effective protection and relief to victims of domestic violence. But it is only the beginning.

She said that with all the growth the country has achieved, it still lags behind in development indicators. There is poor control of women within household and they suffer from violence within their homes.

In order to see that laws are effective it is necessary to ensure their effective implementation, Tirath pointed out. Continuous monitoring to ensure that the law is meaningfully impacting women's lives is needed, she further added.

During the occasion, she released the 'Manual on Best Practices on the implementation of PWDV Act 2005' and a 'Resource Tool for Monitoring and Evaluation of PWDV Act 2005' on the occasion.

The Best Practices Manual sets out to acknowledge the exemplary efforts of some States with regards to implementation of PWDV Act. The Monitoring and Evaluation reports on the other hand prepared by Lawyers Collective present a national picture of the status of implementation of the PWDVA in India. (ANI)

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