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Budget bats for saving the girl child

To reign in the declining child sex ratio, finance minister Arun Jaitley made an allocation of Rs 100 crore for launching 'Beti Bachao, Beti Paddhao' — a scheme to save the girl child and enable her education.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2014 21:28 IST
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Hindustan Times
Arun Jaitley,Beti Bachao,Beti Paddhao

The thrust on the fair sex, especially the girl child, was evident in finance minister Arun Jaitley's maiden budget speech.

To reign in the declining child sex ratio, Jaitley made an allocation of Rs 100 crore for launching 'Beti Bachao, Beti Paddhao' — a scheme to save the girl child and enable her education. "It is a shame that while the country has emerged as a major player in emerging market economies, the apathy towards girl child is still quite rampant," Jaitley said.

Indicating his government's priority to ensure a safe and secure environment for women, he also announced an allocation of Rs 200 crore. Of this, Rs 50 crore will be spent on pilot testing a scheme on ensuring safety for women on public transport, Rs 150 crore on a scheme to improve the safety of women in large cities.

The government has also proposed to set up 660 "crisis management centres" across the country to provide all kinds of support to victims of rape and assault. The Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has proposed to set up 660 such centres across the country. It will be funded through "Nirbhaya fund", the Rs 1,000 crore corpus set up by Jaitley's predecessor in the 2013-14 budget in the memory of the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim.