Only 16% Nirbhaya Fund utilised

| TNN | Sep 6, 2018, 15:42 IST
NEW DELHI: Only 16% of the fund meant for implementing schemes for security and safety of women under the Nirbhaya Fund has been utilized by the states and the Centre.

Ministry of women and child development is the nodal ministry for appraising and recommending schemes and proposals by ministries, departments, and state governments. The Empowered Committee (EC) of officers apprise and monitor the fund under the scheme. According to the information provided by the ministry to the Lok Sabha, the committee has apprised 26 projects worth Rs 6,312 cr since 2015-16 and has released just Rs 979 cr that is 16% of the apprised funds.

Nine projects have remained non-starter while only one project -- creation of central victim compensation is on the track. The ministry of home affairs has proposed 12 projects of which 6 have remained on paper without any utilization of funds. Ministry of road transport and highways has proposed five projects of which 3 are a non-starter.

The projects which are non-starters include the creation of investigative units for crime against women, organized crime investigative agency and installation of CCTV cameras in 6655 buses to strengthen the safety of women in public transport buses.

The central government had set up a dedicated fund – Nirbhaya Fund, after December 2012 gangrape of a girl in Delhi for safety and protecting dignity of women. Nirbhaya Fund was set up with a non-lapsable corpus of Rs. 1000 cr during 2013-14. Further, an amount of Rs. 1000 cr. was provided in 2014-15. For the financial years 2016-2017 and 2017-18, an amount of Rs. 550 cr (each financial year) was provided. In 2018-19 budget Rs.500 cr have been provided for transfer to the Nirbhaya Fund.
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