In this budget, a new scheme Mission Shakti has been included under the central schemes. This scheme is related to women empowerment for which an allocation of Rs 3,109 crore has been given. With this, the government has announced the National Livestock Development Scheme for animals.
In the recently presented general budget, the government has made many big announcements. Under this, two new schemes have been started and the allocation has been increased by 12.3%. So far, 31 schemes were being run at the central government level, but now two more new schemes have been added to it and this number has increased to 33.
As a rule, the government has introduced three new schemes but one old scheme has been scrapped, making this number 2. With this, a new scheme has been brought in place of an old plan. The government has increased the allocation amount by 12.3 percent in this budget. The increased amount is for the schemes run by the central government. In the last budget, Rs 3.39 lakh crore was given for central schemes, but this time the amount of allocation has increased to Rs 3.81 crore.
If we look at the revised estimate (revised allocation) of the budget, then the budget amount has decreased as compared to earlier. The government had revised the revised estimate to Rs 3.87 lakh crore, but after the allocation of Rs 40 thousand crore for diega, the allocation on central schemes has been reduced to Rs 3.81 crore. To improve the rural economy, the government has given special attention to MNREGA and also provided employment to people during corona and lockdown.
Three new plans
In this budget, a new scheme Mission Shakti has been included under the central schemes. This scheme is related to women empowerment for which an allocation of Rs 3,109 crore has been given. With this, the government has announced the National Livestock Development Scheme for animals, for which Rs 1,177.04 crore has been given. The government has launched Mission Vatsalya in the budget, which is for the welfare of children, and the scheme will cost Rs 900 crore. Amidst all this, the competent Anganwadi and Nutrition 2.0 schemes will also strengthen the Vatsalya scheme.
The government has announced Rs 20,105 crore for Sakshan Anganwadi and Nutrition 2.0 scheme. This amount will be spent on increasing the nutrition of the infants, benefiting the schemes and delivery to the infants. The government has replaced the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS), replacing it with the capable Anganwadi and Nutrition 2.0 scheme. On Monday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced this in his budget speech.
New scheme in lieu of ICDS
Food for children and women under ICDS scheme. Facilities for pre school education, primary healthcare, vaccination and health checkup are available. In the last budget, the government released Rs 28,557 crore under this head. This amount was reduced to Rs 20,038 crore in the revised estimate.
Nutrition Mission 2.0 is a scheme consisting of ‘Integrated Child Development Services’ (ICDS), Anganwadi Services, Nutrition Campaign and some other schemes. The budget for the Ministry of Women and Child Development has been increased by 16 percent. A provision of Rs 30,007.09 crore was made for the Ministry in this financial year, which was revised to 21,008.31 crore. The total amount for the social services sector has been increased from Rs 2411.80 crore to Rs 3,575.96 crore.
Initially, the government cut many central schemes and reduced its number. Later 28 central schemes were running, of which 6 schemes were included in the ‘core of the core’ scheme, while the remaining schemes were kept in the core scheme. Taking note of the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the government has considered running or allocating central schemes. In this, some schemes have been reduced or allocation has been reduced. The aim of this is that whatever schemes are run, sufficient funds can be made available and the benefits of the schemes can be conveyed to the people properly. The government has given exemption to the state governments that if schemes similar to the central schemes are running in the states, then they should be run together.