The budget is closely followed not just by businesses and markets, but also by common people like housewives, working people, senior citizens and so on. This is because the budget announces measures that affect every one like tax changes, exemptions, changes in policies, and so on.
Here’s a look at how Arun Jaitley’s budget for 2014-15 affects women:
- Women Safety: The finance minister has provided an outlay of Rs 50 crore for the safety of women in public transport. He has allocated Rs 150 crore in larger cities.
- Healthcare: The budget allcoates Rs 100 crore for ‘Beti Bachao, beti padhav yojana’, a scheme to protect the girl child and her future.
- Easy loan terms: The government offers concessional loans to women in rural India at 4% in some districts and 7% in other for women self help groups under a scheme called Ajeevika.
- Drinking water and sanitation: Government would strive to provide toilets and drinking water in all the girls school in first phase.
- New small savings scheme: A special small savings instrument to cater to the requirements of educating and marriage of the girl child to be introduced. This would be like other savings schemes like Kisan Vikas Patra or National Saving Certificate.