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In news- Nirbhaya fund

Topics covered:

  1. Women related issues.
  2. Schemes for the protection of vulnerable sections of the society.

 

In news- Nirbhaya fund

 

What to study?

For Prelims: About the fund, its objectives and its administration.

For Mains: Significance of the fund and issues related to its utilization.

 

Context: A total of 59 proposals/schemes have been received from various Ministries and State Governments and UT Administrations under Nirbhaya Fund during the last three years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 onwards.

  • Till date, 30 projects/ schemes have been appraised and recommended by the Empowered Committee of officers for funding under Nirbhaya Fund.

 

About Nirbhaya fund:

  • The Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund was announced in Union Budget 2013.
  • The corpus was to be utilised for upholding safety and dignity of women.
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development apart from several other concerned ministries were authorised to work out details of structure, scope and application of this fund.
  • The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry.

 

Issues with Nirbhaya Fund:

The government has been accused of keeping Nirbhaya Fund unutilised. With rise in cases of sexual harassment and crimes against women there is a crying need for implementation of such funds.

 

Way ahead:

Government should improve coordination between the ministries for speedier implementation of projects under the schemes of this nature. Delay caused by lengthy inert-ministerial coordination must not be allowed to compromise women’s safety. The Government and legislators must act proactively on delivering equality and security to women.

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