5 Things The Interim Budget 2024 Promises For Women And Children

According to the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Interim Budget 2024 is committed to the welfare of the poor, women, youth and farmers. 

According to the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Interim Budget 2024 will empower the four significant pillars of Viksit Bharat. They are ‘Garib’ (Poor), ‘Mahilayen’ (Women), ‘Yuva’ (Youth) and ‘Annadata’ (Farmer).

She began her Interim Budget 2024 speech by recounting the current government’s accomplishments in the last ten years.

She said empowerment of women through entrepreneurship, ease of living and dignity has gained momentum in the last ten years.

Interim budget 2024 supports women’s enrolment in higher education

The Finance Minister said, “Female enrolment in higher education has increased by 28% in 10 years. In STEM courses, girls and women make up 43% of enrollment, one of the highest in the world. All these steps are reflected in the increasing participation of women in the workforce. Making triple talaq illegal, reservation of 1/3 seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies, over 70 % houses under PM Awas Yojana to women have increased their dignity.”

Lakhpati Didi Scheme

During his Independence Day speech last year, the Prime Minister had announced the ‘Lakhpati Didi’ scheme to provide skill development training to 20 million women in villages nationwide.

Eighty-three lakh SHGs (Self Help Groups) with nine crore women transform the rural socio-economic landscape with empowerment and self-reliance. Their success has assisted nearly one crore women to become Lakhpati Didi already. Buoyed by the success, it has been decided to enhance the target for Lakhpati Didi from 2 crore to 3 crore.

Cervical Cancer Vaccination for girls aged 9-14 years

FM Sitharaman promised that the government would encourage vaccination for girls in the age group of 9 to 14 years for the prevention of cervical cancer. Globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women, after breast, lung and colorectal cancer.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme to be extended to all women working at grassroots level

Additionally, free Healthcare coverage under the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be extended to all ASHA workers, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers. Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) is the world’s largest publicly funded health insurance scheme that provides coverage of ₹5 lakh per family per year.

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Financial support for better streamlining of India’s vaccination programme

The newly designed U-WIN platform for managing immunization and intensified efforts of Mission Indradhanush will be rolled out expeditiously throughout the country. The programme to digitize India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) presently is being run in a pilot mode.

Here is the full text of the budget speech.

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