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Nirbhaya Fund: Government issues guidelines for administration and operationalisation of the fund
Indian government has issued guidelines for utilisation of 'Nirbhaya Fund' with the approval of the Union finance minister. According to the guideline Union ministry of women and child development (WCD), currently headed by Maneka Gandhi, is the nodal authority which can be approached by various Ministries/Departments with the proposals/schemes, to be funded from 'Nirbhaya Fund' targeted to strengthen the safety and security of women in the country.

The WCD ministry would appraise these schemes to decide their suitability to qualify for getting funds from the 'Nirbhaya Fund'. It shall forward the suitable proposals to Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) for necessary budgetary allocations in the respective Demands. DEA shall appraise the proposal on financial and other aspects to avoid any duplicity of schemes/Government efforts to strengthen safety and security of women in the country.

Budget Division (DEA), with the approval of Finance Minister would approve the funding of schemes from the fund and would also be the nodal Ministry for any accretion into and withdrawal from the fund.

The respective line Ministries/Departments shall take necessary action for approval of SFC/EFC/PIB and Cabinet for implementation of the scheme on the ground.

According to a press release by the ministry of finance, ministry of WCD shall be the nodal Ministry to review and monitor the progress of these schemes in conjunction with the line Ministries/Departments.

(i)'Schemes on backend integration of distress signal from victims with mobile vans and control rooms' administered by Ministry of Home Affairs - Rs. 150.00 crore;

(ii) 'Scheme on Women Safety on Public Road Transport' administered by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways - Rs. 50.00 crore.

After the infamous Delhi gang-rape on December 16, 2012, which resulted into the tragic death of a 23-year old girl, the then UPA government announced a fund of Rs 1000 crore in the Union budget 2013 to set up infrastructure and support initiatives to ensure safety and security of women across the country.

The present NDA government while doubling-up the Nirbhaya fund made it Rs. 2000 cr in the Union Budget for 2015-2016.

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