Is the promise of India’s gender budget only on paper? | spcilvly

Gender budgeting, a strategy to ensure that gender equality promises also appear in public budget allocations, was first adopted by India in 2005-2006. Many other countries have also adopted similar initiatives. But in India and elsewhere, achieving gender equality remains a major challenge. In the Indian context, budget allocations to schemes benefiting women have grown by almost 13% at an annualized rate since their inception, but their share in overall government spending has remained at almost 5%. Several studies have drawn parallels between gender equality and improving economic efficiency. Can India get its act together? Mint explores:

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