Sunday, March 18, 2012

Union Budget 2012-13: Social Inclusion

The Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukharjee, who presented the annual union budget 2012-13in the parliament on 16 March 2012, proposed some major allocations aiming at social inclusion.

The major provisions for social inclusion under budget 2012-13 are as follows: 

•    8447 crore rupees allocated under NSAP in 2012-13.
•    In the ongoing Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme for BPL beneficiaries, pension amount to beraised from 200 rupees to 300 rupees per month.
•    Lump sum grant on the death of primary breadwinner of a BPL family, in the age group 18-64 years, doubled to 20000 rupees.
•    To enhance access under SWAVALAMBAN scheme, LIC appointed as an Aggregator and all Public Sector Banks appointed as Points of Presence (PoP) and Aggregators.
•    Special grant provided to various universities and academic instiutions.
•    Allocation of 15850 crore rupees made for Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme
•    A multi-sectoral programme to address maternal and child malnutrition in selected 200 high burden districts is being rolled out during 2012-13
•    11937 crore rupees allocated for National Programme of Mid Day Meals in schools
•    750 crore rupees proposed for Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, SABLA
•    37113 crore rupees earmarked for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan 2012-13
•    21710 crore rupees allocated for Tribal Sub Plan
•    Multisectoral Nutrition Augmentation Programme announced to combat malnutrition
•    Increase in the allocation for NRLM by over 34 percent to 3915 crores rupees in 2012-13
•    200 crores rupees to Women SHG Development Fund to enlarge the corpus to 300 crores rupees
•    Proposal to setup a Bharat Livelihoods Foundation of India through Aajeevika

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