GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 626
TO BE ANSWERED ON 20.07.2017
PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN AND EXECUTED UNDER NIRBHAYA FUND
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
(a) the details of projects undertaken and executed under the Nirbhaya Fund up to June, 2017 and the quantum of funds utilized;
(b) whether Government has conducted any review of the projects executed under this fund to ensure that the support measures for women’s safety and empowerment reach the intended beneficiaries and is properly utilized;
(c) if not, the reasons therefor; and
(b) whether Government would explain where it plans to spend the remaining funds?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(a) to (c) : Ministry of Finance, Government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund in 2013, for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security for women in the country. As per the guidelines of Ministry of Finance (DEA) an Empowered Committee (EC) of Officers was constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, WCD for appraising and approving various schemes/projects proposed by the Ministries/Departments to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund. Under Nirbhaya fund, 16 proposals amounting to Rs.2049.12 Crores have been appraised and recommended by the Empowered Committee up to June 2017. Nirbhaya Fund is regularly monitored by the Government. The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund meets at regular intervals to review the implementation of schemes/projects already appraised by it and to suggest the implementing agencies for timely completion of the projects.
(d): The Ministry receives various proposals under Nirbhaya Fund from Central Ministries and State Governments to cater to women’s safety and security. Subsequently, EC meetings are conducted and these proposals are considered. Once these proposals are recommended by the EC, funds are released to the implementing agencies by the Central Ministries as applicable. The Ministries and State Governments have been requested on 10th April, 2017 and reminded to send innovative proposals that can enhance the security and safety of women.