Allocations for women safety scheme drastically cut: Par Panel

A Parliamentary panel has rapped the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for its lack of seriousness in strengthening safety and security of women in the country, even as the crime against women are on the rise.

The comments comes as the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs led by former Home Minister P Chidambaram found that the allocations made for Schemes for Safety of Women has been “drastically” cut down from Rs 313.30 crore at Budget Estimates 2017-18 to just Rs 81.75 crore at Budget Estimate 2018-19. This amount is for whole country.

“The Committee is disappointed that the allocated amount of Rs. 22.69 crore (capital) could not be utilised completely due to which the allocation got substantially decreased to Rs.7.87 crore in Revised Estimates 2017-18. The Committee strongly disapproves of this lack of seriousness in strengthening the safety and security of women in the country,” the panel said.

Reminding the MHA that the Nirbhaya Fund was intended to implement schemes which are technology-driven and which will significantly enhance the security of women, the panel recommended that the Ministry should desist from allocating funds, which are granted under the Nirbhaya Fund, for the purposes that can be covered by normal spending.

“The Committee also recommends that at least one scheme should be implemented in every city under the Nirbhaya Fund to significantly enhance the security of women,” it said.

The panel was also “displeased to note” that the allocations made for border infrastructure and management have been constantly decreasing over the years.

“The Committee observes that the funds under this head were significantly decreased by Rs 560.16 crore at Revised Estimate stage in 2017-18 mostly due to delayed construction of infrastructure,” it said adding the MHA should “seriously go into the reasons for slow pace of work and poor utilization of funds”.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Mar 14, 2018)

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