Accountability and transparency in utilization of the Nirbhaya Fund

Accountability and transparency in utilization of the Nirbhaya Fund

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Shantanu Roy started this petition to Minstry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and

Political parties are clamouring to ‘gain’ from the hapless #HathrasGangRape and unfortunately this is not new, for the ruling dispensation too have used such shameful acts to ‘gain’ in the past when they were in the opposition. There has been voices who want this to be considered as just another crime and want the culprits to be punished and one ‘luminary’ went on to suggest with a sly face that under the present UP government in Uttar Pradesh, a "vehicle can overturn anytime". But does punishment (by legal route or otherwise) act as deterrent? Going forward a legal luminary came up with a justification of the increasing number of rapes linking it to natural urge of men and the prevailing unemployment. Does this mean, in this country where there is no horizon visible where unemployment will end, the safety of women will continue to be at stake?

The Nirbhaya Fund created in 2013, for meeting expenditures to ensure safety of women remains hugely underutilized in every state in this country and this should show the seriousness attached towards ensuring women’s safety by each and every government and in corollary by the political parties. Why shouldn’t accountability be fixed? Why doesn’t National Commission for Women take it upon themselves to push the disbursement and utilization of this fund? Why do we have to react when a horrific incident happens?

Please join me to ask the central and state governments to be accountable and transparent in utilization of the Nirbhaya Fund. For this the following are proposed:

1.       The Ministry of Women and Child Development must start a portal that displays the disbursements made and the utilization of Nirbhaya fund clearly stating the actions taken and the budget utilized for these.

2.       Every State Government will need to update their own activities carried out using this fund and the funds utilized in the process.

3.       The State Governments must also allow participatory budgeting in utilization of this fund. And towards this design a process to seek, review and approve budgets emerging from the process.

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