Women and child ministry gets Rs.21,000 crore in budget

 Women and child ministry gets Rs.21,000 crore in budget

The women and child development ministry got an allocation of Rs.21,000 crore in the interim budget presented by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), a flagship programme of the UPA government, has got an allocation of Rs.18,195 crore in the current year.

This scheme has now been merged with the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and the ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) with a total allocation of Rs.18,691 crore, while Rs.300 crore has been allotted for NNM and Rs.196 crore for ISSNIP.

Another centrally sponsored scheme - the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA), which is under implementation since 2010-11, has got an allocation of Rs.700 crore.

The allocation for the National Mission for Empowerment of Women is Rs.90 crore.

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