Nirbhaya FundI got this UPDATE 30 seconds earlier.
Please see this ridiculous state of affairs.
Published: January 9, 2014 22:46 IST | Updated: January 9, 2014 22:46 IST
One year later, Nirbhaya Fund lies unusedK. A. Shaji
Reveals a Right To Information reply
Another Union budget is round the corner but the Rs.1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund announced last year by Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram, to ensure the safety and security of travelling women, continues to remain a nonstarter, a Right To Information reply has revealed.
The brutal gang rape of a Delhi student inside a moving bus on December 16, 2012, and her subsequent death forced the government to announce this novel scheme in last year’s annual budget, but the fund has been lying unspent for more than a year.Rs.1,000-crore fund
“Parliament has approved the setting up of a Rs.1,000-crore fund titled the Nirbhaya Fund. The funds have not been used so far as the relevant schemes are yet to be finalised,” said an RTI reply by Amit Bansal, Under Secretary of the Economic Affairs Department of the Finance Ministry, given on January 1 to Kochi-based lawyer D.B. Binu from the same department.Project proposals
Installation of closed circuit television cameras at important public places, GPS and emergency buttons in transport buses to link them with police stations, toll-free numbers, and self-defence lessons for the needy were included in the proposed project.32 cities
The plan was to implement the project in 32 cities but none of the city authorities have received any guidelines or orders for implementation so far.
“During the first anniversary of the gang-rape, the government had claimed that three projects under the Nirbhaya Scheme were implemented. But the RTI reply exposes their claim,” Mr. Binu said.
Printable version | Jan 9, 2014 11:29:05 PM | http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/one-year-later-nirbhaya-fund-lies-unused/article5558716.ece
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update: It is more than a year since I wrote it. There is a demand for readability. Rape and violence are reported in larger numbers. Justice Verma is dead.
09 01 2014