New Delhi: Concerned over the rising cases of acid attacks on women, Haryana has made a strong pitch for strict regulation on purchase of acid.

Speaking at a two-day conference of state ministers of Women and Child Development here today, Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal stressed on the need to bring in a strict regulation or legislation to control easy purchase of acid to check increasing number of acid attacks on women.

She also urged the central government to enhance the one time grant to set up Anganwadi Centres and revise the rate to rent to hire buildings by them.

She hoped the conference would provide forum at the national level for focusing attention on the important issues pertaining to women, children and adolescent girls.

Bhukkal suggested that the rent of hiring of building for Anganwadi Centre was fixed by central government at a rate of Rs 200 for rural area and Rs 750 for urban areas which was very less and keeping in view the rising rates of rent, the rate needs to be revised.

She urged the central government to enhance the one time grant being given to set up AWCs from Rs 5000 to Rs 15,000 per AWC and repeat the grant after every five years.

Bhukkal also urged the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to restore the release of funds for the construction of buildings of Anganwadi Centre (AWC) on 75:25 sharing basis. She said that the Central Government was providing funds for the construction of buildings of AWC from the year 2003-04 but since, 2005 it has stopped release of fundsfor the same.

(Agencies)

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