Right to Information Act Women Development and Child Welfare

Chapter 1

The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides more access to the information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. Also provisions have been made for constituting Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions. In democracy every citizen is supposed to be acquainted with the information about functioning of Government, which is essential to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed 

          Democracy requires an informed citizen and transparency of information. Both are vital to the functioning of Government to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed. In order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every citizens and every public authority, the Parliament enacted the Right to Information Act,2005. All citizens have the right to information. It is the duty of every public authority to maintain all its records duly catalogued in a manner and the form which facilitate the right to information.
1.2. Delegations of public authorities are made clear in section 4 (1) (b) of the Right to Information Act 2005. Accordingly the section 4 (1) (b) particulars of any organization of Government powers and duties of officers and employees and procedures followed in decision making process are made available to the public. Besides the rules and regulations, instructions manuals and records held by public authorities, statements of the categories of documents that are held by public authority are also made accessible to the public. A lot of information which is essential for public to know more clearly about the administration of the Government for the welfare of the public can be known.

Introduction: During the IInd World War, lot of soldiers were died and many were injured, which caused to force difficulties to their families. Consequently, Some women became widows and some were became orphans with their children respectively. Hence there were wife’s of military higher Officials initiated Warfare activities for the benefit of these widows and orphans who were in worries due to IInd World War. Subsequently, this post war activities from Warfare to Welfare for women and Children were taken up by the Government of India. In turn the Department for Women and Children started in the Madras Residency . The Department of Women Development and Child Welfare was created in 1952 in the composite Madras State. Government of Andhra Pradesh has established a separate Secretariat Department for Women Development and Child Welfare during 1987 to look after the Welfare of Women and Children. Now Under A.P. Re-organization Act 2014, the Andhra Pradesh State was bifurcated into two States i.e. Andhra Pradesh State and Telangana State which came into existence from 02.06.2014. Telangana is one of the few states where a separate Department is functioning for development and welfare of women and children, having the jurisdiction of ten Districts i.e. Warangal, Adilabad, Khammam Karimnagar, Mahaboobnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Medak, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad.

The broad mandate of the Department is to have holistic development of Women and children. For the holistic development of the child, the Department has been implementing the world’s largest and most unique and outreach programme of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) providing a package of services comprising supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check up and referral services, pre-school non-formal education.

The Andhra Pradesh Women’s Cooperative Development Corporation established in the year 1975 with T.A.No.693/75 under the provision of section 7, of AP Co-operative Societies Act 1964, has been bifurcated as Andhra Pradesh Women’s Co-operative Development Corporation (APWCDC) and Telangana State Women’s Co-operative Development Corporation (TSWCDC] since 02-06-2014.

Thus Telangana State functioning welfare activities for women and children by named as “Department for Women, Children, Disabled and Senior Citizens since 02-06-2014