How much does the Indian government spend on women?
Despite the annual promise to improve women’s welfare, India’s gender budget remains skewed and ineffective
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI : From Palaniappan Chidambaram to Nirmala Sitharaman, for 15 years India’s finance ministers have promised to improve women’s welfare through higher and more focused government spending. This type of gender budgeting, which applies a gender lens to expenditure and prioritizes gender-specific outcomes, has emerged as a popular way for governments across the world to empower women and improve gender equality. According to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimate for 2016, at least 80 countries practised gender budgeting. This list includes India, where gender budgets were launched in FY06 with the hope of tackling stark gender inequality.