Haryana earmarks Rs 315 cr for women and children

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Chandigarh, Jul 22 (UNI) The Haryana government will spend over Rs 315.14 crore during the current financial year to implement various schemes for the overall development and empowerment of children and women.

Stating this today, Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Kartar Devi said out of the total allocation of funds, Rs 172 crore were under State Plan, over Rs 23.88 crore under State non-Plan and Rs 119. 26 crore under Central Plan.

Mrs Kartar Devi said that during the tenure of the present state government, from March 2005 to June 2008, a sum of Rs 657.32 crore had been spent.

She said the priorities of the Women and Child Development Department included arresting declining sex ratio, addressing problem of female foeticide, reducing malnutrition among children and enhancing socio-economic status of women.

To achieve these objectives, she said, a number of initiatives had been taken.

She said the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Programme had been decentralised and the state vgovernment had set up village level sub committees of women to facilitate implementation of programmes pertaining to development of women and children.

About 6173 village committees have started functioning, she added.

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