Analyzing Social Security through Gender Budgeting

Pooja Goel

Abstract


The developmental discourse in India has indeed stressed on social welfare schemes for mainstreaming women. Social welfare aims to empower the disadvantaged group by identifying them and channelizing some resources for them. Women are critical agents in development of society and thus for their development various social welfare schemes have been initiated. However, the problem persists as social security has been conceived in a narrow manner and the schemes which are initiated reflect the patriarchal norms. The work argues that the quantum of funds is not satisfactory and there is need to flow more resources. The work sees the social welfare schemes with the frame of gender budgeting. It looks at the various schemes under Gender Budget Statement (GBS) and how it has impacted on women. The work argues that initiative of gender budgeting in terms of GBS can have a positive impact on social welfare agenda as it calls for looking at specific schemes and moreover, the focus is women. The work also tries to map out the gaps which persist in implementation and channelizing of resources. The study is analytical in nature where effort is made to analyze schemes for women and how it has impacted positively. Also, the lacunas are identified which can fill the vacuum.  


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Social Security, Gender Budgeting

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Ibid.

Ibid.

Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Union Budget 2006-07, Expenditure Budget, Volume II, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Demand No.46, p.102.

Ibid.

Ibid.

Ibid.

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