Kolkata, Dec 15 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chaudhary today said she would hold discussions with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee over the alleged atrocities perpetrated on the women and children in Nandigram.
Speaking to newspersons after inaugurating a Children's Book Fair here, she said, ''The Centre is taking steps to ensure the protection of women and children in Nandigram. My ministry has organised various committees to look into the matter and I am going through all the reports. The reports are still in the process of being filed and concrete steps will be taken to safeguard the women and children's rights.'' On being asked if she would visit Nandigram to take stock of the situation, Ms Chaudhary said various chapters of the National Women Commissions were entrusted with the responsibility to assess the situation in Nandigram and she would take a conclusive decision only after going through all the reports.
Speaking about the current scenario of women and children's development in the country, Ms Chaudhary said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had, for the first time, constituted the Women and Child Development Ministry after 60 years of Independence especially for their welfare.
Besides, the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had taken up various initiatives, including setting up a Child Rights Protection Committee, making favourable modifications for children in the Juvenile Justice Act, expanding the Child Line facilities to prevent child abuse and legislating new laws to simplify the adoption process, she added.
She stated that the Centre had established innumerable schools in the remote rural areas of the country, adding that the Mid-Day Meal Programme had been a great success.
She urged the parents to bring their children to such book fairs and encourage them to read more and more books and emphasised the need of organising book fairs exclusively for children in other cities as well.