WCD Ministry to develop manuals to ensure funds for women's scheme

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) The Ministry of Women and Child Development is developing Gender Budgeting Manuals to ensure committed funds for women-related schemes, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said today.

She told members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee here that the manuals will help in institutionalising the concept of Gender Budgeting at all levels of governance. Gender Budgeting cells have been set up in 53 Ministries and Departments.

''The Ministry is making an assessment of the impact of the Gender Budgeting through these cells,'' Ms Chowdhury said, adding the remaining Ministries were also being persuaded to set up the cells.

She said her Ministry will also approach the Finance Ministry to incorporate the performance of the schemes separately in the performance budget.

Briefing about various initiatives taken by her Ministry for the empowerment of women, the Minister said sex disaggregated database and the Gender Development Index was being developed by the Ministry.''Besides, an intensive training and capacity building programme is being implemented that includes dissemination of framework to enable Gender Budgeting Cells to conduct Gender Budgeting exercise,'' she added.

The government has already brought out a Gender Budgeting Charter for all Ministries and Departments detailing the composition and functioning of its respective Gender Budgeting cells. Regional workshops with state governments and training institutes were being conducted to develop a core group of trainers, she said.

Ms Chowdhury said her Ministry was also working on the revision of the implementation of all legislations with gender perspective to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women.

She said, ''Women's access to resources is very important to check disparities in important parameters like health, nutrition and literacy.'' ''There are a number of gender-specific barriers, which prevent women from gaining access to their rightful share. Unless these are properly addressed, it is apprehended that the fruits of our economic growth are likely to bypass a significant section of the country's population,'' She added.

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