(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Child Protection Services [MARCH-2018]


(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Child Protection Services

[MARCH-2018]


Child Protection Services

scheme was introduced to prevent children from all type of abuse, exploitation, neglect, discrimination, abandonment and separation from their families. An amount of Rs 725 crore has been proposed for it in the present budget. To protect the vulnerable population against violence, exploitation and abuse, this increase in budget allocation is a humanitarian move. Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) was introduced to provide nutrition, hygiene and awareness about the reproductive health, to adolescent girls to take care of their physical, mental and reproductive health need. In the present budget, Rs.500 crores have been allocated for this scheme. Considering that lndia has 253 million adolescents (10 to 19 years), this allocation appears modest.

Women’s labour force participation rate in India is below 25 per cent, whereas globally it is 40 per cent’. To encourage women to join the formal sector, an amendment was proposed in the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. Women employees’ contribution in provident fund has been reduced to 8 per cent for the first three years of their employment against the existing rate of 12 per cent or 10 percent. But the employers' contribution of 12 per cent will continue. This move would help women employees in securing a higher take-home pay. However, more such schemes are needed to attract women to join formal sector.

To motivate women to take up organic agriculture in clusters under National Rural Livelihood Programme, this year, the government would distribute loans worth Rs.75,000 crore by March 2019.Moreover, the extension of access to finance through KISAN credit to those engaged in fisheries and animal husbandry, largely women farmers, is likely to positively impact women’s lives. Though the budget has given importance to agriculture and rural economy, but it has to further acknowledge the growing role of women in the farm sector.

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