Thursday, February 28, 2013

1,000 Crore For Nirbhaya Fund - No Structure, No Scope, No Application! Waaah

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"I announce the setting up of the Nirbhaya Fund of Rs. 1,000 crore. I request the ministry of women and child development to plan the structure, scope and application of this fund," the Mr Chidambaram said.

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Throwing money at a problem doesn't necessarily mean that you are trying to solve it. Here the Finance Minister just threw INR 10 Billion into a fund that has no structure, no scope and no application as of now and will be decided later (sure… whatever helps you sleep at night).

Given that he doesn't know the structure, scope or application of this fund, how did he determine the amount that should be allocated (It is a valid question. This was SUPPOSED to be a Budget presentation after all. NOT a party political broadcast)?

This amount MAY be acceptable if the aim is to provide the women with glocks /assault rifles or the likes. If it is for providing pepper sprays - Definitely an overkill (in my view). However, if it is to set up EVEN MORE Women's Cell / NGO type of institutions then it is definitely a waste. It wouldn't be completely senseless to conclude that here is yet another opportunity for embezzlement and misappropriation of public money. Especially when one could come up with several sensible ways to utilise the amount.

How about expanding the police budget so they can recruit better trained personnel, offer them better pay and ensure more police presence in public places to serve as a deterrent.

  • Might NOT be the most optimum use - Agreed.
  • Might NOT be a complete solution - Agreed.

But one has to agree that it is definitely better than putting up money some place where (at present) there is no structure, no scope and no application.

Those cheering this nonsense… Dikhaawon pe mat jaao. Apni akal ladaao.

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