Budget 2024-25: Modest rise in women and children’s allocation for WCD ministry

The overall budgetary allocation for the Women and Child Development Ministry reflects a marginal increase from the previous fiscal year, where it received Rs 25,448.68 crore according to the revised budget estimate of 2023-24.

In the Budget for 2024-25, the Women and Child Development Ministry secured an allocation of Rs 26,000 crore, representing a modest increase of 2.52 per cent compared to the previous year. The lion’s share of funds, amounting to Rs 21,200 crore, is directed towards the Saksham Anganwadi and POSHAN 2.0 initiatives (Umbrella ICDS – Anganwadi Services, Poshan Abhiyan, Scheme for Adolescent Girls). Following closely is the Mission Shakti, focusing on the protection and empowerment of women, receiving an allocation of Rs 3145.97 crore.

Mission Shakti, also known as Mission Sambal, aims to enhance accessibility and integrate government efforts for the safety, protection, and empowerment of women, securing their rights and entitlements.

Another significant initiative, the Mission VATSALYA (Child Protection Services and Child Welfare Services), is allocated Rs 1,472 crore. This scheme is strategically designed to establish a secure environment for the comprehensive development of children in need of care and protection.

The overall budgetary allocation for the Women and Child Development Ministry reflects a marginal increase from the previous fiscal year, where it received Rs 25,448.68 crore according to the revised budget estimate of 2023-24.

Autonomous bodies operating under the Ministry also witness budgetary adjustments. The allocation for these bodies, including the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), and National Commission for Women, is set at Rs 153 crore—a reduction from the previous budget’s allocation of Rs 168 crore.

This financial adjustment underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing women and child welfare initiatives, even with the nuanced constraints of the budget. The allocations cater to a spectrum of developmental needs, from nutrition programs and adolescent well-being to safeguarding the rights of women and protecting vulnerable children.

As the Ministry strives to create a robust framework for women and child development, these budgetary provisions play a vital role in shaping and sustaining comprehensive initiatives. The strategic distribution of funds underscores the government’s dedication to fostering a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for the holistic growth of women and children across the nation.