Budget 2020: Social sector push with enhanced allocations for welfare schemes

Facts:

Social Welfare: Key Highlights

  • 14% increase in the budget allocation for ministry of social justice and empowerment and a 7.5% increase in that of tribal affairs ministry.
  •    Programmes that have seen the highest increase include pre matric scholarships for children of workers involved in manual scavenging (400%), fellowships for OBCs (71.4%) and overseas fellowships for OBCs (133%)
  •  A national action plan for drug demand reduction with an allocation of Rs 260 crore has been introduced.
  • Enhanced allocation of about Rs 9500 crore for 2020-21 for senior citizens and Diviyan

Women and Child

  •  35,600 crore rupees for nutrition-related programmes in 2020-21
  • Taskforce to be appointed to look into the issue of young girls entering motherhood.
  • An outlay of about Rs 28,600 crore for programs that were specific to women.
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