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P. Chidambaram dedicated the 2013 budget to three faces of India – Women, Youth and the Poor. Indicating that the Government has ‘a collective responsibility to ensure the dignity and safety of women’, the Budget recognizes the increase in gender-based violence and attempts to fund various women-friendly schemes. The two most talked about are the Nirbhaya Fund and the All-women Bank.
Chidambaram voices his concern and says, “”Recent incidents have cast a long, dark shadow on our liberal and progressive credentials. As more women enter public space – for education or work or access to services of leisure – there are more reports of violence against them…Women play multiple roles as a child, a young student, sportswoman, homemaker, working woman and the mother who needs support from the government.”
Other than the general schemes, the following are the key highlights of the Budget 2013 which directly impact women in India:
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