Ground Report | New Delhi: Budget Spotlight on the Women Welfare; Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, presented the budget on February 1. “Amrit Kaal”, the government has comprehensively revamped the scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development recognising the importance of “NARI SHAKTI” as the herald of India’s bright future.
This year the budget depicted a slight increase for Women and Child Welfare Development as she allocated 3% more to the budget. The budget allocated Rs. 25,172.28 crore in 2022-23 increased by 24,435 crore that was given in 2021-22.
The government is building the roadmap for women and children through Mission Shakti, Mission Vatsalya, Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0. which were launched recently to provide the benefits.
Budget Spotlight on the Women Welfare
The Budget allocated for ‘Mission Shakti’ (Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women) was Rs. 3,184 crore in 2022-23, increased from Rs. 3,109 crore in 2021-22.
Mission Shakti has always been a major part of our country. The government has provided several schemes in order to improve the social and economical growth of women. The aim is to promote the empowerment and safety of women so that their contribution to the workforce increases.
The Mission Vatsalya (Child Protection Services and Child Welfare Service), the budget allocated was Rs.1,472 crore increased from Rs.900 in 2021-22.
Mission Vatsalya was launched by the Maharashtra government for those women who lost their husbands due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The main aim of this mission is to facilitate 18 benefit schemes that are designed for widows, especially from rural areas with poor backgrounds and deprived sections.
Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0
The budget allocated for Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 (Umbrella ICDS- Anganwadi Service Scheme, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, Poshan Anhiyaan, Child Protection Scheme) was Rs.20,263 crore, a slight increase from Rs.20,105 crore in 2021-22.
Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 were introduced in last year’s budget. The main aim is to strengthen the nutritional content, delivery, outreach and outcomes.
An Increment of 3% in the budget for women and children welfare will contribute to the overall performance growth of women and the children. If the plans are strategized, executed and implemented properly then these schemes will help in the empowerment as well as safety and will further strengthen the role of women in society. For future budgets, we can expect constant growth in the welfare sector by policymakers while allocating the budget.
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