Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday provided an additional Rs 40,000 crore to various ministries over and above the allocation made to them in the 2015-16 budget.
The move comes in the backdrop of protests from activists after the government pruned the allocation in the budget for some key social sector ministries such as women and child development by more than 50% from the previous year’s allocation.
The ministry has now been given an additional Rs 4,000 crore over and above the Rs 10,382 crore allocated to it in the 2015-16 budget.
Some of the crucial schemes that would get a leg up from the mid-year fund infusion includes the integrated child development services (ICDS), a crucial centrally-sponsored programme to monitor health and nutrition of children in the 0-6 age group.
Piloted by the WCD ministry, the program has got an additional Rs 3,600 crore. With this the overall allocation for ICDS has increased to Rs 11,845 crore.
The additional allocations were made in the supplementary demands for grants that was tabled by Jaitley in the Parliament on Friday.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan also got a boost of Rs 1,750 crore.