Vice President of Thiruvananthapuram panchayat Shailaja Beegum presented the 2022-23 budget on Tuesday emphasizing the need for women’s empowerment. The ‘gender budget’ was designed to transform women of all generations, from Anganwadi children to the elderly.
The budget foresees revenue of Rs 850.92 crore, expenditure of Rs 844.12 crore and set aside Rs 6.8 crore for various women empowerment programs.
The budget also underlined the need to ensure the conservation of nature and to exploit the potential of biodiversity. She said the budget would include plans to carry out the “Nava Kerala” mission envisaged by the current LDF government.
The budget also includes plans to ensure the development of agriculture, industry, public works, social welfare, education, health, and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe sectors. The budget also indicates that the model projects implemented by the previous governing body, including the successful “Patheyam” project, will be continued this year.
A one-day women’s shelter will be set up in Vattiyoorkavu with the help of Rs 2 crore received by the Central district panchayat and the state government. The building complex will have a training center for women.
Special awareness committees will be formed to make workplaces safe for women. Training will be provided to committee members.
Vigilance committees will be formed in all quarters of the panchayat. Vigilance committees at Panchayat level will be strengthened and those who are eligible will be appointed with fees. A joint plan will be developed with all panchayats.
Within the framework of the Vigilance Committee at the district level, a supervision system will be put in place under the supervision of the district woman and child officer and the Standing Welfare Committee.