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Nirbhaya fund

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

 

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 parliamentary panel has taken strong exception to the utilisation of the Nirbhaya Fund in the construction of buildings, saying such allocations defeat the very purpose of the project — that of safety for women.

  • The committee also observed that funds for the construction of buildings should come from other sources and not from the Nirbhaya Fund.

 

About Nirbhaya fund:

The Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund was announced in Union Budget 2013 by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

  1. The corpus was to be utilised for upholding safety and dignity of women.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

Sources: the hindu.