Nirbhaya Fund

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    • The standing committee on education, women, children, youth and sports in its 316th report has expressed concerns over underutilisation of Nirbhaya Fund and asked the government to bring states on board for faster implementation of projects and schemes under it.

    About the Fund

    • Nirbhaya Fund: It was a 10 billion corpus announced by Government of India in its 2013 Union Budget.
    • Aim: The fund is to support initiatives protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India.
    • Nirbhaya (fearless) was the pseudonym given to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim.
    • The Ministry of Women and Child Development and several other ministries decided on the application of the fund.
      • One use was to open One Stop Centres to support women who are victims of violence.
    • Administration: The fund is administered by the Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry. 

    Source: TH