Social Sector gets 11.1% of Rs. 16,700 Crore

Published: 18th July 2014 05:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2014 05:35 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Government today earmarked Rs 1,862 crore, around 11.1 per cent of plan outlay of 16,700 crore (excluding Centrally Sponsored Schemes) for social security and welfare sector in the Delhi budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament.

In view of the rising population of the elderly in the city, the 'monthly aid' of Rs 1,000 to senior citizens of 60-69 years and Rs 1,5000 to 70 years and above, the government today extended it for 4.30 lakh people. At present 3.90 lakh people are being benefitted by the monthly aid.

Further, the government also proposed to increase the plan outlay under Pension to Senior Citizens from Rs 538 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 600 in 2014-15.

Referring to the safety and security issue of national capital, the Finance Minister said that process of recruitment of 155 women sub-inspectors and 1434 women constables is on and these women police officials are expected to join Delhi Police in 2014-15.

In the current year 8124 girls have been imparted self defence training and 4925 police officials have attended gender sensitization programme. Various initiatives have been taken to expedite investigation of crimes against women, Jaitley said.

To curb the menace of diversion of rations meant for lakhs of families which are below the poverty line and ensure transparent distribution of food grains to eligible households, 2500 fair price shops (FPS) will be computerised and daily sale from these (FPS) will be monitored online.Further, all the 300 vehicles deployed for transportation of food articles from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns to FOS will be covered by GPS-RFID (global positioning system-radio frequency identification) based vehicle tracking system, the Finance Minister said.

Government also proposed to provide financial support to two children of incarcerated parents till they attain age of 18 years or till their parents are released citing children of such parents face very difficult situations. To address the issue of overcrowding at homes for mentally challenged, Government proposed setting up of three more new homes in Delhi. Government also announced six more working women hostels under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. "There are about 906 mentally challenged inmates of all age groups admitted against the intake capacity of 350 inmates at Asha Kiran, a Delhi Government's centre for their care and rehabilitation. It is proposed to set up three more new homes for such persons at different locations in Delhi," the Minister said.

"Keeping in view the large number of needy women, it is proposed to set up sic more such working women hostels under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode," Jaitley added.

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