Government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country. As per the guidelines of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Women and Child Development is the nodal authority for appraisal of the schemes/proposals received under Nirbhaya Fund. Also, Ministry of Finance has set up an Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development for appraising and approving various schemes/project proposals proposed to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund. The concerned Ministries take up the sanction and implementation of the schemes/proposals so appraised as they do for their other schemes/projects.
Nirbhaya Fund was set up with a corpus of Rs. 1000 Cr. during 2013-14. Further, an amount of Rs 1000 Cr. was provided in 2014-15 and for the financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18, an amount of Rs. 550 cr. (each financial year) was provided under the Nirbhaya Fund. The corpus transferred to the Public Account for the Nirbhaya fund upto 2017-18 is Rs. 3100 Cr.
Under the Nirbhaya fund, 22 proposals on women’s safety and security from Central Ministries and State Governments amounting to Rs.2209.19 Crores have been appraised and recommended by the Empowered Committee as on 21.07.2017.
Projects appraised and recommended by Empowered Committee under Nirbhaya Fund (as on 21.07.2017):
(Rs. in Crores)
Name of the proposal and Ministry/ Department
Cost of Proposal
Emergency Response Support System, MHA
Creation of Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF), MHA
Creation of Investigative Units for Crime against Women (IUCAW), MHA
Organized Crime Investigative Agency (OCIA), MHA
Cyber Crime Prevention against Women & Children (CCPWC), MHA
Proposal for providing facility of Social Workers/Counsellors at the District and Sub- Divisional Police Station Level in Delhi, Delhi Police/MHA
New building with women centric facilities for Special Unit for Women & Children (SPUWAC) and Special Unit for North East Region (SPUNER) at Nanakpura, Delhi Police/MHA
Integrated Emergency Response Management System (IEMRS), Ministry of Railways
Development & Field Testing of panic Switch based safety Device for Cars and Buses for aiding Women’s Safety, MeiTY
Abhaya Project Proposal for safety of women and girl child, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Chirali Proposal, Women Empowerment Directorate, Govt. of Rajasthan
One Stop Centre, MWCD
Universalisation of Women Helpline, MWCD
Proposal on implementation of Mahila Police Volunteers Scheme in two districts, namely, Karnal and Mahendragarh, Govt. of Haryana
Proposal on implementation of Mahila Police Volunteers Scheme in two districts, namely, Anantapur and Kadapa, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Proposal on implementation of Mahila Police Volunteers Scheme in two districts, namely, Surat and Ahmedabad, Govt. of Gujarat
Capacity Building at Village/ District/ State level for reducing violence against women, Govt. of Uttarakhand
Training women for heavy passengers vehicles, Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Govt. of Karnataka
Smart and safe cities free from violence against women and girls’ programme, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
Safe city project, Govt. of Odisha
Installation of CCTVs in buses, UPSRTC, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Nirbhaya Shelter Home
This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.