Brief Profile of Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt.Krishna Tirath
Smt. Krishna Tirath is a member of the Union Cabinet in the Government of India holding the portfolio of Minister of State (Independent charge), Women and Child Development since May, 2009. As a member of Indian National Congress, she has successfully contested 7 elections and served as a Metropolitan Councillor, Member of Legislative Assembly from 1984-2004, and currently represents the North West constituency of Delhi as a member of parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha. Smt. Tirath was a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Delhi holding key portfolios of Social Welfare, Labor and Elections.
She has also been the Deputy speaker of Delhi Assembly. She has served in important parliamentary committees, such as the Parliament Standing Committee on Women Empowerment; Member of General Purposes Committee, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, Committee on Personnel, Public grievances, Law and Justice etc. As Chairperson of Parliament Standing Committee on Women Empowerment, she steered the publications of 14 valuable reports with analysis of various schemes and legislations which impact women.
Her key initiatives in the social sector amongst others include expansion and strengthening of the Integrated Child Development Services in India, implementation of a new scheme for maternity benefits (Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna), an innovative programme for empowerment of adolescent girls (Rajiv Gandhi scheme for the empowerment of adolescent girls-SABLA) and the National Mission for the Empowerment of Women. She has pioneered a new landmark legislation for children that is ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences’ and has also introduced a landmark legislation for women namely ‘The Protection of Women for Sexual Harassment at Workplace’.
Smt. Tirath has represented India at several important international forums, and has been a member of important high level ministerial delegations such as the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue at Washington DC chaired by US secretary of state and co-chaired by MEA Minister from India, bilateral dialogue with US Health& Human Services department, global summit at USA on Child survival, the IBSA Women’s Forum held in Pretoria, South Africa, the Global Nutrition Event chaired by United Kingdom Prime Minister in London. Under her leadership, Ministry of WCD has recently concluded the Fifth India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Women’s Forum meet in New Delhi from 14- 16th May resulting in a resolution on important areas of collaboration on gender issues between the three member countries. The wide stakeholders’ consultation which preceded the resolution has been widely acclaimed in the media.
Ms Tirath has mentored various socio-cultural organizations, and has participated in Inter-university, Interstate and National level tournaments in the field of Volley Ball, besides being a keen athlete.
Positions Held : Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Delhi
- Dy. Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly
(23 Dec., 2003 to 23 May 2004)
- Elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2004)
- Chairperson, Committee on Empowerment of Women (16 August, 2004 to May 2009)
- Member, General Purposes Committee
- Member, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
- Member, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment (5 August 2007 to May, 2009).
- Member, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and justice (5 August 2007 to May, 2009)
- Presently elected for 15th Lok Sabha from North West Delhi and inducted in the Union Cabinet holding the charge as “Minister of State (Independent Charge) Women & Child Development, Government of India from 28th May 2009”
Countries Visited - Widely traveled as a part of many delegations of Government of India like USA, UK, Brazil, South Africa,
Switzerland Germany, France and other European
countries, Sri Lanka, South Korea etc.