includes Section 25 companies, NGOs among others for various livelihood support and income
      generating activities at concessional terms in a client-friendly procedure to bring about their
      socio-economic development. The target beneficiaries are entrepreneurs from different economic
      activities ranging from traditional and modern handicraft to small business such as petty shop,
      etc. The loans are sanctioned through various schemes of RMK viz., main loan scheme, loan
      promotion scheme, etc.
      Women of India Exhibitions/Festivals
           The Initiative was started in 2014 to link women organic farmers and entrepreneurs directly
      to the market. Three such exhibitions/ festivals have already been held in Delhi, many more such
      exhibitions/festivals are being organised in locations outside Delhi. Such events are being held to
      provide a platform so that women entrepreneurs and farmers especially from rural India get an
      opportunity to exhibit and sell their products. Such exhibitions/festivals empower women
      through knowledge sharing and creating entrepreneurial opportunities to make societal balance
      through financial inclusion.
      Mahila e-Haat
           The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched “Mahila e-Haat”, a unique direct
      online digital marketing platform for women entrepreneurs/SHOs/NGOs in 2016. This can
      become a game changer initiative as it can become a catalyst in strengthening women
      entrepreneurship and financial inclusion. The USP of Mahila e-haat is facilitating direct contact
      between the vendor and buyer. It is easy to access as the entire business of e-Haat can be handled
      through a mobile.
      National Policy for Women
           The Draft National Policy for Women, 2016, is in its last stages of finalization. It has been
      revised after 15 years and is expected to guide government action on women’s issues over the
      next 15-20 years. The policy addresses women’s issues on a life-cycle continuum and
      encompasses a wide spectrum of issues from education, health, economic participation, decision
      making, violence, creation of an enabling environment, etc.
      New Passport Rules
           In a major move, on insistence of the Ministry of WCD, the Ministry of External Affairs
      issued new Passport Rules (https://www.mea.gov.in/ pressreleases.html) in 2016 for the benefit
      of single/divorced mothers and their children including adopted/adoptable children. Now, as per
      the revised Rules, submission of father’s name is not mandatory and a person can obtain passport
      only by specifying his/her mother’s name. Further, a person does not need to submit her/his
      marriage/ divorce certificates.
      Legislation on Trafficking
           Ministry of Women and Child Development has drafted a comprehensive legislation on
      Trafficking - Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2017 with a
      view to fill the existing gaps and cover all aspects of trafficking by including various offences
      pertaining to trafficking prevention, protection and rehabilitation of victims. The draft Bill also
      proposes to tackle trafficking by creating a strong legal, economic and social environment for the
      victims by putting in place dedicated institutional mechanisms at district, state and national level.