Women, pensioners to benefit

Women, pensioners to benefit

The government announced its plans to make the city more gender-friendly by induction of more women police officials and construction of hostels in the current fiscal year.

Delhi Police is likely to absorb 155 women sub-inspectors and 1,434 women constables in 2014-15 to improve the safety of women in the Capital.

The government proposed to set up six hostels for working women under the public private partnership (PPP) model. Currently, there are two such working women hostels in Rohini and Vishwas Nagar. 

Children of couples who are imprisoned will be extended financial support.

“The children of incarcerated parents face very difficult situations. Government proposes to provide financial support to two children of such parents till they attain the age of 18 years or till their parents are released whichever is earlier,” said Union Minister Arun Jaitley at his Budget speech.

A proposal was made to set up three new homes for the mentally challenged across the city. These will be built on the lines of Asha Kiran, a government centre. The budget also talked about construction of seven more night shelters in the current financial year.

“The requirement of different groups amongst homeless such as women, children and drug addicts will also be taken care of. Our endeavour shall be to ensure that all homeless have adequate shelter and basic facilities available to them,” said Jaitley.

The government is constructing 58,064 houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS) under a central urban renewal mission scheme.

This is primarily to check the problem of encroachment on public land and emergence of unauthorised colonies. Out of these, 14,844 EWS houses have been completed and steps are being taken to complete the remaining.

“I propose to increase plan outlay under pension to senior citizens from Rs 538 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 600 crore in 2014-15,” said Jaitley. 

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