Raj Govt returns central fund allocated for Womens' security

Despite increasing number of crimes against women in Rajasthan, the state government had to return the central fund allocated for womens’ security as the money could not be spent. With new avenues opening up where money could have been poured in to ensure women’s safety, the govt seems to be in no mood to take challenge seriously. A fund of Rs 3 crore 36 lakh was returned to the central government with a reason ‘Could Not Spend’.

Raj Govt returns central fund allocated for Womens security

Despite increasing number of crimes against women in Rajasthan, the state government had to return the central fund allocated for womens' security as the money could not be spent. With new avenues opening up where money could have been poured in to ensure women's safety, the govt seems to be in no mood to take challenge seriously.

A fund of Rs 3 crore 36 lakh was returned to the central government with a reason 'Could Not Spend'. Under the Sakhi Kendra Yojana of the Ministry of Women and child affairs of the Central Government all states including Rajasthan, were allocated central fund for the year 2016-17.

According to the population, an amount of 3 Crore 36 lakh and 21 thousand allocated and handed over to the Rajasthan government for spending it not only for the development of women in the state but also to ensure safety and security to the women folk.

But surprisingly, at the end of the financial year in 2018, the entire amount remained unspent despite the fact that Rajasthan stands in the forefront of the queue where the maximum cases of crimes related to the fairer sex are reported.

The money which is allocated by the government to the states, are also to be used for organizing camps, also called the one stop centre, a dream project of the central government where the women who have witnessed violence, victims of domestic violence and others could be give temporary shelter for a few months and all medical treatments, legal guidance, counseling and administrative support could be provided free of cost.

But the government could not spend a single rupee from the fund for the reasons best known to the officials of the departments concerned.

Despite the funds being returned, the central government has redirected the Rajasthan Government to take necessary steps to ensure that Sakhi Kendra could be built in this fiscal year and has re allocated the same fund again.