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Women Empowerment Panel points out poor utilisation of funds under “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” Scheme

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A women empowerment committee has pointed out deficient utilisation of funds by states across the nation under the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme. The committee argued that the government must focus primarily on education and health than on advertising the scheme.

About the women empowerment report:

As per a report by the panel tabled in Lok Sabha, on December 9, stated that the “Empowerment of Women through Education with Special Reference to Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Scheme,” had a budget of Rs.848 crore, right from the establishment of the 

Scheme in 2014-15 till 2019-20. 

The report says that an amount of Rs. 622.48 crore was granted to the states during that particular tenure.

The report stated, “However, to the committees’ dismay, only 25.13 per cent of the funds, i.e. Rs 156.46 crore have been spent by the states, reflecting not up to the mark performance of the scheme. Even CAG had made references to the scheme’s implementation and very less spending by states in 2016-17.”

The committee also holds that even if the funds were not spent for the development of the states in a particular year, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has been releasing additional funds.

Besides, the committee suggests that the WCD Ministry should cope up with the state and union Territories in the meantime in order to tackle various issues regarding poor utilisation of the central funds and ensure proper utilisation of BBBP funds for the benefit of the girl child.

It further added that “The nodal ministry should release funds to the states/UT strictly on the basis of actual utilisation of earlier release and after proper scrutiny of expenditure/ utilisation of the previous funds. The nodal ministry must have a target-oriented approach for the states and must act in a time-bound manner.”

‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme’:

It was a campaign initiated by the Government of India in order to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls in India in January 22, 2015. The scheme was launched with an initial funding of ₹100 crore (US$13 million). 

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