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Women’s scheme funds go unused

Ranchi, March 5: Women and girls were a forgotten lot during 2012-13 in Jharkhand, according to a report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on state finances.

The CAG report pointed out that during the previous fiscal, a sum of Rs 85.74 crore was earmarked in the state budget for women and girls under five schemes, namely Mukhyamantri Lakshmi Ladly Yojana, Kishori Shakti Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana and Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana.

However, 71 per cent of the amount i.e. Rs 60.97 remained unutilised till March 31, 2013. Total expenditure under the five schemes was a paltry Rs 24.77, the report further said.

“The state decided to celebrate the year 2012 as Bitiya Varsh, for which the government announced a new scheme named Mukhyamantri Laxmi Ladly Yojana. But the entire budgetary provision of Rs 2 crore earmarked for the same was surrendered,” the report added.

Under the scheme, the state was to deposit Rs 6,000 every year into a post office savings account in the name of newly born girl child till she attained the age of five.

The CAG report added that in a similar manner, the entire budgetary provision of Rs 2.20 crore for the Kishori Shakti Yojana for non-formal education of girl child remained fully unutilised in 2012-13.

For, Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls to provide nutrition, life skills and vocational training to girls between 11 and 18 years of age, expenditure was only Rs 8.85 crore, out of Rs 57.54 crore.

Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana provided for a cash incentive of Rs 4,000 to women of 19 years of age and above for the first two live births. A budget of Rs 9 crore was earmarked, though expenditure grossed a mere Rs 3.09 crore.

The CAG report added, “Under a total of Rs 15 crore budgeted for Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana, only Rs 12.83 was spent.