New Delhi, Dec 15: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said today that her ministry was developing a training module for the staff of one-stop centres for helping women in distress.
The minister inaugurated a two-day national workshop here on the role of such centres in strengthening the multi- sectoral response to violence against women.
Around 400 functionaries of one-stop centres and nodal officials from women and child departments of 33 States/Union Territories are participating in the workshop.
“The One Stop Centre Scheme is a highly critical intervention to protect and help women affected by violence. Keeping in view the importance of the scheme, it has to be ensured that the centres are run in a professional and efficient manner and complete empathy has to be shown for the women in distress who are visiting the centres,” Gandhi said.
The purpose of the scheme, the minister said, was to provide safe and pleasant environment to such women.
The first one-stop centre was set up in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, and Gandhi said that within a short span of its working, it became a lifeline for women in distress.
“The ministry is regularly monitoring the working of these centres and for capacity building of the staff managing these centres. We will evolve a high-level training course for each category — be it nurses or psychologists or lawyers or policemen,” she said.
She also urged the administrators of one-stop centres to give a continuous feedback to the ministry regarding the issues and problem so that they can be addressed in a timely manner.