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Gender Budgetting 2 by Prof. Vibhuti Patel

Subject:Women Studies/Gender Studies Paper: Women and economics
In order to guarantee that gender commitments are converted into financial commitments and gender mainstreaming of policy, programme and shames; the government of India introduced gender budgeting in 2004. In the Union Budget 2012-13, Ministry of Women and Child Development has been Rs.18500 crore (2012-13 BE), an increase of 15 % at current prices as compared to previous year’s Revised Estimate of Rs.16100 crore (2011-12). The total magnitude of the Gender Budget (outlays earmarked for women) has declined from 6.1 percent (2010-11 Budget Estimate) to 5.8 percent (2011-12 Revised Estimate). Further, there is a marginal increase of 0.1 percent in 2012-13 over the previous year. The coverage of ‘Gender Budgeting Statement’ in terms of the number of Union Government ministries/departments reporting in the Gender Budgeting Statement has remained stagnant at 33 for the sixth consecutive year. Except for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, there is no new addition.

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Comment by Prof. Vibhuti Patel on May 21, 2018 at 20:34

• implementation of Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostics Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. to halt declining child sex ratio by judicious implementation of PCPNDT Act, 2002 that would ensure stringent punishment to doctors and laboratory owners for abuse of sex determination and sex selection technologies,
• implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
complete utilization of 30% girls’ component within Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and special budgetary allocation for public education and increased publicity drive in print and audio visual media.
• special financial allocation must be made for the salaries of crèche teachers and helpers in the schools. In all schools, one room should be converted into a crèche so that poor girls with younger siblings to look after can leave them in the crèche and attend the classes and thereby enhance retention rate of girls in the school.
• enhanced budgetary allocation for Public distribution System (PDS) strengthened with good quality of food grains, oil and soap to ensure better nutritional standards with the help of Funds for community based mental health intervention must be promoted.
• enhanced funds for protection and rehabilitation of child workers and children in difficult circumstances such as street children, trafficked children. NGOs and community groups should be encouraged to provide ward wise update on status and data base on child labour
• social security and social protection Women in the informal sector, Small Scale Industries, FTZs, EPZs, SEZs Construction workers, rag pickers, scavengers, food-processing industries, sweat shops and garment industry must be ensured social security. Budgetary allocation for implementation of Unorganized Sector Social Security and Social Protection Act, 2008 is imperative.
• for Vocational Training Institutions must be provided to impart women skills in non-conventional areas so that they can get employment as taxi-bus drivers, plumbers, fitters, turners, electricians, carpenters, cobblers, so on and so forth.
• ensuring access to information, finance, training and marketing for women entrepreneurs, SHGs, vendors and self employed women. Women entrepreneurs and traders must be given priority while allotting of shops by public sector and local government.
• budget for Crèche facilities, working women’s hostels and short stay homes must be enhanced many folds.
• for making India a disable friendly city. Detailed data base must be prepared on types of disability and number of people who are physically challenged.
• construct night shelters with toilets and baths for homeless women and girls with the help of centrally sponsored schemes as well as state financial allocation.
• community based half way homes, working women’s hostels and multi-purpose activity centre to meet variety of needs of women and girls. Half way homes and counseling centres must be created to address problems faced by elderly Women and women who are physically challenged.
• for support to women headed households (FHHs) managed by widows, deserted, divorced and single in the area of education, health; housing and skill development must be made.
• For generating Gender Disaggregated Data to address strategic gender needs and practical gender needs of women in Mumbai.
• affirmative action to protect interests of women in difficult circumstances such as child prostitutes, homeless women, street girls, abducted girls, child brides, women suffering from HIV/AIDS, single women and elderly women.
• safe transport in terms of women special buses and local trains
• well maintained Public toilets for women

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