Funds for rape survivors remains unutilised. This is nothing but a criminal neglect!!!!!!!
Friends, as you would be aware by now, my team at the #KDSinghFoundation is actively engaged in supporting over 70 rape survivors in Haryana. The idea is to ensure that no rape survivor in the state and beyond should feel helpless or not get justice for want of legal, medical, financial or other support. Women’s empowerment is an issue that is very close to my heart … it is a lifelong commitment for me … and that is why the government’s colossal neglect of not spending even one Rupee in the last four-odd years for providing relief to (and rehabilitation of) rape victims and similar women-oriented schemes has disturbed me beyond belief. Imagine, the funds earmarked for rape survivors remained unutilised between 2009 and 2012!!!!! This is nothing but a criminal neglect on the part of the government agencies concerned!!!!!!!
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)’s report, which was tabled in Parliament last week, says that the entire provision of Rs 239.02 crore allocated during 2009-12 remained unutilised. Why? Because the Planning Commission withheld its formal approval to the scheme for supporting rape survivors!!!! Apparently, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development wanted it to be a central scheme with states and the Centre contributing equally, but the Planning Commission insisted that disbursement of the relief be handed over to states as assistance from the Centre.
That is not all. Some other women-oriented schemes have met with the same fate. For instance, the CAG report shows that funds earmarked for the Swayamsidha scheme (for formation of self-help groups) and the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (for creating a national credit fund to finance self-help groups) remained unutilised.
It seems the government has not learned anything from the December 2012 gang-rape of a girl in Delhi, which met with unprecedented protests nationwide. Incidentally, the government has announced a Rs 1,000-crore ‘Nirbhaya Fund‘ for empowerment of women as a tribute to the Delhi gang-rape victim. I hope that the ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ does not meet the same fate as some of the other women-oriented schemes of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development!!! That would be very unfortunate.