(The Gist of Kurukshetra) PROMISING BUDGET FOR WOMEN [MARCH-2018]


(The Gist of Kurukshetra) PROMISING BUDGET FOR WOMEN

[MARCH-2018]


PROMISING BUDGET FOR WOMEN

Union Budget of the country for 2018-19 was " presented in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, 1St February, 2018 with emphasis on agriculture, healthcare, rural sector, employment and infrastructure. Government has proposed a series of structural reforms, which has the potential to make India one of the fastest growing country of the world. Just before the Budget was presented, Economic Survey of India was released that showed pressing issue of gender equality in the country. Research on the status of women revealed the dismal condition of Indian women in family because of prevailing patriarchal mind set and lack of equal opportunities.

The Union Budget for 2018-19 has given due importance to women and child issues. The overall budget of the WCD Ministry has increased to Rs.247OO crore. The Ministry had earlier introduced the outreach programme of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age group of 0-6 years, to reduce the number of school drop outs, to fight malnutrition, mortality and morbidity existing among children. Expecting and lactating mothers’ needs have also been taken care of under this scheme with allocation of Rs’1'100 crores. Under the umbrella of ICDS, the following schemes have been allocated funds:

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