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10. What is the proposed timeline for finalising the respective allocations to different Ministries? 11. Who would monitor the spending or utilisation of the Nirbhaya Fund as well as the implementation of the decided projects? Handbook for Parliamentarians 27
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Centrally Sponsored Scheme Under the PWDVA 1. When will the centrally sponsored scheme for PWDVA be rolled out for implementation? 2. What is the plan for implementation of the PWDVA in the rest of the country where the CSS will not be implemented? Mechanisms for Implementation 1. How many states have appointed independent full time Protection Officers? How many states have contractual full time Protection Officers? How many states have Protection Officers with additional charge? 2. Is the number of Protection Officers appointed adequate? 3. Where are the Protection Officers located? Are they easily accessible to women and Magistrates? 4. Do all the states have a Protection Officer appointed at the block level? 5. How many Service Providers have been notified by the state? 6. Do all the districts have a shelter home notified as Service Provider under the Act? 7. Has staff received in-depth training/refresher training to meet the needs of women? 8. Are the Protection Officers fulfilling their role at all three stages: pre- litigation, litigation and post-litigation? 9. Are the Service Providers available to women throughout the litigation process, including the pre-litigation stage? Are they recording DIRs? 10. Have lawyers been specifically designated and sensitized to attend to cases filed under the PWDVA? 11. Has any agency been given the task of providing counseling for children who witness domestic violence? Handbook for Parliamentarians 28
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For Effective Implementation of the Provisions 1. How many women have received assistance under PWDVA in each state? 2. How many cases have been registered under PWDVA by the Protection Officers. 3. Which agency gives the complete data related to the total number of cases registered under DVA? 4. Are women receiving services as per the timeline given under the Act? 5. Are the medical facilities equipped to provide emergency care to women? 6. Has the Act been translated into regional languages for easy understanding? 7. What are the different mediums and forums employed to disseminate information under the Act? 8. Is there a mechanism in place for grievance redressal in cases where the Officers under the Act fail to perform their duties? 9. What is the role of the WCD and NCW in the effective implementation of the Act? 10. What steps have been taken by the government to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions under PWDVA? Selected References: 1. Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) proposed to the National Commission for Women and available at (last visited 7th September 2013). 2. Jaising, Indira, and Monica Sakhrani. Law of domestic violence: a user’s manual for women, Universal Law Pub. Co., 2007. 3. Jhamb, Bhumika, “The Missing Link in the Domestic Violence Act.” Economic & Political Weekly 46.33 (2011): 45.
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