Measures to strengthen the Gender Budgeting in India

  • For Gender Budgets to be able to address crucial gender gaps, budgetary allocations should be based on grassroots-based planning.
  • To improve the effectiveness of GRB, a need-based approach must be taken.
  • There is an immediate need to conduct an assessment of gender-specific parameters and set goals accordingly. For example, it is important to understand time-bound goals for parameters such as female school enrolment, gender-based violence, health, labour force participation.
  • The authority should be created for gender auditing, to conduct an annual impact assessment of budgetary allocations for all schemes, thus bringing accountability to the process.
  • There is also a critical need for capacity building across government, corporates, public sector undertakings, NGOs and all involved agencies.
  • While steps have been taken to mainstream the gender budgeting process at central and state government level, there is a definite need to deepen this process.
  • A national-level reporting platform should be created under the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, which will collect the disaggregated data by sex for understanding the impact and outcome of the gender budgeting initiative.
  • The Central Statistics Office should also be engaged for better data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Shared responsibility between the central and state governments would accelerate this process.
  • There needs to be shift from mere “reporting” of gender allocations to “purposive planning” with wider participation of women.
  • The adoption of the GB should be accompanied by multifaceted and interrelated improvements to budgets in general and the gender sensitivity of budgets.
  • There needs to be shift from mere “reporting” of gender allocations to “purposive planning” with wider participation of women.
  • The need of the hour is women-led development to be the government’s mantra from being about women development; focussing on schemes on nutrition, anganwadi and women employment.