ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Path Not Taken

In this year’s union budget, heavy cuts have been imposed in several social priority programmes. The Integrated Child Development Services’ budget has been cut from Rs 16,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore, the mid-day meal budget has fallen from Rs 13,000 crore to Rs 9,000 crore while the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan budget has been reduced from Rs 28,000 crore to Rs 22,000 crore. There are reductions in drinking water, health and family welfare programmes too.

The outlay for the women and child development ministry has been reduced from Rs 21,193 crore in the previous year to Rs 10,351 crore this year. The overall allocation under gender budgeting has also gone down significantly.

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