The Gender Funds has risen by a mere 6.8 per cent within the 2021 Union Funds – Rs 1,53,326 crore from Rs 1,43,461.72 crore within the 2020-21 Funds Estimates. Nevertheless, the allocation for Ladies Particular Schemes – these with at 100 per cent allocation for ladies – has fallen from Rs 28,568.32 crore to 25,260.95 crore, a decline of about 13 per cent. Nonetheless, the allocation for Professional-Ladies Schemes – these with no less than 30 per cent allocation for ladies – has risen from Rs 1,14,893 crore to Rs 1,28,065 crore – a rise of 11.46 per cent.
For the uninitiated, the Gender Funds is split into two components: Half A, which offers with schemes with 100 per cent allocation for ladies and Half B, which offers with schemes by which no less than 30 per cent of the cash is allotted for ladies.
Half A of the Gender Funds reveals some stark year-on-year variations in allocations.
The price range for the centrally sponsored Nationwide Scheme of Incentives to Ladies for Secondary Schooling has come down from Rs 110 crore in price range estimates for 2020-21 to simply Rs 1 crore on this yr’s price range estimates.
One more steep decline in allocation might be seen within the Nirbhaya Fund, which had been allotted Rs 10 crore as towards Rs 855 crore within the earlier price range.
Initiatives beneath the Ladies and Baby Growth ministry too have seen a 15 per cent decline in funding, from Rs 3919 crore within the final monetary yr to Rs 3,310 crore for FY 2021.
However the 2021-22 Funds estimates for the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (rural housing) and Indira Gandhi Nationwide Widow Pension Scheme have remained largely unchanged. Curiously, each schemes collectively kind three-fourths of Half A of the Gender Funds.
Initiated in FY 2005, the Gender Funds is an initiative to right the gender disparities in allocation of funds for presidency schemes. As a member of the Nationwide Fee for Ladies in 2004, Nirmala Sitharaman had performed a key function in integrating the concept into the Union Funds and in her 2019 Funds speech, she introduced a committee to guage the Gender Funds.