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Aid for children of incarcerated parents, more women cops


The social security and welfare sector in Delhi was allocated Rs.1,862 crore in the budget

The social security and welfare sector in Delhi was allocated Rs.1,862 crore in the Budget on Friday by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who said his “government is fully sensitive to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable.”

The allocation, which excluded Centrally-sponsored schemes, made up 11.1 per cent of the total plan outlay of Rs.17,700 crore.

Noting that children of incarcerated parents face very difficult situations, Mr. Jaitley said the government proposes to provide financial support to two children of such parents till they come of age or up until their parents are released, whichever comes earlier.

The number of beneficiaries under the pension schemes for senior citizens in the city has increased from 3.90 lakh to 4.30 lakh, for which the plan outlay was hiked from Rs.538 crore in 2013-14 to Rs.600 crore in 2014-15. The monthly aid provided stands at Rs.1,000 to senior citizens aged 60-69 years and Rs.1,500 to those who are 70 years and above.

Referring to the safety and security issue in the Capital, the Minister said the process of recruitment of 155 women Sub-Inspectors and 1,434 women constables is on, and that these women personnel are expected to join the Delhi Police in 2014-15.

“In the current year, 8,124 girls have been imparted self-defence training and 4,925 police officers have attended gender sensitisation programme. Various initiatives have been taken to expedite investigation of crimes against women,” said Mr. Jaitley.

To curb the menace of diversion of rations meant for lakhs of families which are below the poverty line and ensure transparent distribution of food grains to eligible households, 2,500 fair price shops (FPS) will be computerised and daily sale from these will be monitored online.

“All the 300 vehicles deployed for transportation of food articles from Food Corporation of India godowns to fair price shops will be covered by a GPS-RFID [Global Positioning System-Radio Frequency Identification]-based vehicle tracking system.”

Further, the government has proposed setting up three more homes for people with intellectual disabilities since the current home, Asha Kiran, is accommodating more than its actual capacity.

“Keeping in view the large number of needy women, it is proposed to setup six more such working women hostels under the Public Private Partnership mode,” said Mr. Jaitley.

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