Taking a step further towards women empowerment, the Uttarakhand government has risen the allocation for gender budget by over 84 per cent this fiscal.
In the budget which was presented in the state assembly recently by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the provision of gender budget has been increased from Rs 656.45 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 1205.04 crore in 2009-10.
Last year, the gender budget provision was for 20 departments, while this year four more departments have been added in this bracket. “We are working for the empowerment of women earnestly. In this direction, the allocation of Rs 1,205 crore in budget would be very fruitful,” the CM said.
The chief minister has also launched various schemes like Gaura Devi Kanya Dhan Yojna and Nanda Devi Yojna in an effort to pay special attention towards women empowerment.
The Nanda Devi Kanya scheme is for preventing female foeticides and providing economic and educational protection to girl child. For ST/SC and BPL female students, the government has introduced Guara Devi Kanya Dhan scheme under which they will get Rs 25,000 for future courses after passing the intermediate examination.
Further, Rs 48.73 crore has been allocated for the department of women empowerment.