Women cell to be set up in each department:Modi

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Patna, Mar 27 (UNI) The Bihar government today announced to create a women cell in each department for enhancement of the budgetary allocation for development of women.

Deputy Chief Minister Shushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the Finance portfolio, told newspersons here that 15 per cent of the total budgetary allocations for ten departments had been earmarked to develop the women folk of the state.

He said for the first time the state government had prepared a gender focussed budget.Analysis of the budget revealed that gender sensitivity was required and more budgetary provisions should be made in it, he said.

He admitted that the participation of women in the development process had not been recognised saying that the improvement in the quality of life of women needed to be addressed separately.

Mr Modi said that areas had been identified to improve the quality of life of women and hundred per cent provision had been earmarked for women in Mahila Vidyalaya, CM Kanya Vavah Scheme, Naari Shakti Yojana, Kanya Suraksha Yojana and Indira Award Yojana.

Thirty per cent provision had been earmarked for women in scholarships and sarva shiksha abhiyan, he said.

According to the budget a provision of Rs 14,957.34 crore had been made in the ten departments which directly deals with the development of the masses. Of the total amount, Rs 2,247. 80 crore had been provided for the development of women.

He admitted that the women section which constitute 50 per cent of the total population in the state were lagging far behind in all human development indicators. Giving details, he said the gender ratio in Bihar was 921 against per thousand men.The literacy rate was also in shambles as only fifty per cent of women were literate here.

Giving details of the major gender sensitive provisions in the budget, Mr Modi said that Rs 72 crore had been provided for CM Balika poshak yojana,Rs 42.14 crore for CM Balika cycle scheme, Rs 20 crore for CM Kanya vivah scheme, Rs 26 crore for Kanya suraksha yojana, Rs 22.50 crore for Nari shakti yojana, Rs 5.15 crore for Swaymsidha, Rs 53.90 crore for Lakshmibal social security scheme, Rs 13.80 crore for National Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG) (nutrition), Rs 105.89 crore for supplementary nutrition(pregnant and lactating mothers), Rs 486.98 crore for Indira Awas yojana, Rs 14.45 crore for Dular strategy and Rs 1.40 crore for establishment of new women ITI.

Earlier, Bihar PHED Minister Prem Kumar on behalf of the government tabled the budget in the state Assembly.

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