Budget 2017 allocation to Women and Child Development hiked by 20 pc

New Delhi: The Women and Child Development Ministry received a 20 per cent increase in budget allocation in 2017 with the total money set aside climbing to Rs 22,095 crore from Rs 17,640 crore 2016.

The amount budgeted for ‘Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana’ saw a four times jump with Rs 2,700 crore being set aside in 2017 as compared to Rs 634 crore in 2016-17. As per this scheme Rs 6,000 will be provided for mothers who seek institutionalised delivery and vaccination.

This follows PM’s announcement on New Year’s Eve to expand and universalise the existing maternity benefit programme. The scheme was earlier being implemented in 53 districts across the country on a pilot basis.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech also announced setting up of ‘Mahila Shakti Kendra’ at village level with an allocation of Rs 500 crore for 14 lakh ICDS Anganwadi centres.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” has been given Rs 200 crore in this year’s budget, almost a five-time increase as compared to 2016.

Rs 500 crore has been granted for Nirbhaya Fund which is the same as 2016. This takes the total amount given for the fund, since it was instituted in 2013, to Rs 3,000 crore so far.

The Child Protection Scheme, which received Rs 400 crore in 2016, has been subsumed within the category of Integrated Child Development Scheme and has received Rs 648 crore.

Jaitley said the money allocated for welfare of women across ministries has increased to Rs 1,84,632 this year from Rs 1,56,528 in 2016.