BANGALORE: Akhila Bharata Janavadi Mahila Sanghatane expressed dismay that sufficient funds were not allocated for upliftment of women in the Union Budget.
Speaking to media persons on Monday, K S Lakshmi, general secretary of the organisation said, “We had a lot of expectations from the government about a fair deal in the allocation of funds for women’s development, but nothing has happened. The price rise is one of the biggest hurdles that we were facing though we have repeatedly appealed to the government to roll back the prices of essential commodities. However, our voices is not being heard.”
She demanded the government should reserve 40 per cent of jobs in the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for women. “Nearly 70 per cent children and 60 per cent women are suffering from malnutrition. We want the government to provide 35 kg of rice and 16 varieties of grains at the rate of `2 per kg,” she demanded.