Par panel takes ex­cep­tion to Nirb­haya Fund be­ing used for con­struc­tion of build­ings

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NEW DELHI: A par­lia­men­tary panel has taken strong ex­cep­tion to the util­i­sa­tion of Nirb­haya Fund in con­struc­tion of build­ings, say­ing such al­lo­ca­tions vir­tu­ally de­feat the very pur­pose of the project -the women safety.

The Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs, headed by Congress

leader P Chi­dambaram, said, "The com­mit­tee is also of the firm view that funds for con­struc­tion of build­ings should come from other sources and not from the Nirb­haya Fund.

"Nirb­haya Fund should not be used for con­struc­tion of build­ings. Such al­lo­ca­tions vir­tu­ally de­feat the pur­pose of it," the panel said in its re­port sub­mit­ted to the Ra­jya Sabha

last week. The com­mit­tee said it strongly recommends that the home min­istry should de­sist from sanc­tion­ing funds for schemes like con­struc­tion of build­ings from the Nirb­haya Fund and ad­here to its orig­i­nal pur­pose.

The Nirb­haya Fund was started in 2013 by the Congress-led United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance (UPA) govern­ment to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives aimed at en­hanc­ing safety and se­cu­rity of women across the coun­try.

The non-lapsable cor­pus fund was in­sti­tuted fol­low­ing gan-grape of a girl in Delhi in 2012 which trig­gered a na­tion­wide out­rage and protests.

The com­mit­tee said that sanc­tion­ing money from Nirb­haya Fund for schemes per- tain­ing to com­pen­sa­tion would ren­der it as a fund for merely dis­bur­sal and would not have a de­sired im­pact at the groundlevel in en­hanc­ing the se­cu­rity sce­nario for the women.

The panel ob­served that Rs 200 crore has been sanc­tioned as one-time grant for Cen­tral Vic­tim Com­pen­sa­tion Fund (CVCF) Scheme for com­pen­sat­ing women vic­tims of acid at­tacks, rape, traf­fick­ing, etc.

It ap­pre­ci­ated the ne­ces­sity and sig­nif­i­cance of the CVCF Scheme, how­ever, sug­gest­ing that this scheme could have been funded from other sources.

The com­mit­tee took note of the re­ply of the home min­istry that the de­creased al­lo­ca­tion made for 'Schemes of Safety of Women' was pri­mar­ily be­cause most of the ex­pen­di­ture out of the ap­proved outlay for Emer­gency Re­sponse Sup­port Sys­tem had al­ready been in­curred up to 2017-18.

The com­mit­tee, how­ever, felt that the home min­istry should have been "more proac­tive in find­ing new tech­nol­ogy-driven projects" that could have been im­ple­mented dur­ing the cur­rent fis­cal year. "The com­mit­tee feels that min­istry should iden­tify such in­no­va­tive projects for fund­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion. "The com­mit­tee, there­fore, recommends that the min­istry should un­der­take sin­cere ef­forts to iden­tify in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy-driven projects that can en­hance the safety of women, and seek ad­di­tional funds for their im­ple­men­ta­tion," it said.

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