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In 2017-18, Rs 4,926 crore is going to be spent on women and child development, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Wednesday.

Published: 16th March 2017 06:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2017 06:13 AM   |  A+A-

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 BENGALURU: In 2017-18, Rs 4,926 crore is going to be spent on women and child development, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Wednesday.
“A committee constituted under the chairmanship of actor-turned-politician Jayamala to study the condition of sex workers in Karnataka has submitted its report to the government and their recommendations have been incorporated in the budget,” states the budget.
Where are the recommendations, ask activists.

Dr Akkai Padmashali, founder, Ondade, and a member of the committee said, “We had given recommendations in the social, legal and political rights context.”  Not a single recommendation reflects in the budget, she added.
Honorarium of anganwadi workers and helpers has been increased by Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 respectively and Rs 115 crore have been allocated for it. Accident Insurance Scheme will also be provided  to Anganwadi workers.

“These are progressive steps but a minimum wage should be given to anganwadi workers. Their honorarium has to be increased according to the labour they do. According to the International Labour Organisation standards they should be paid Rs 18,000,” said P C Rama, member, All India Mahila Samskruthika Sanghatane.

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