The implementation of the Manodhairya scheme for rehabilitation of victims of rape, sexual attack and acid attack has suffered as financial assistance to a significant number of victims could not be disbursed due to paucity of funds, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said in its report for 2014 .
The Women and Child Development Department needs to make adequate budgetary provisions under Manodhairya Scheme in order to ensure that cases approved by the District Level Committees for granting financial assistance to the victims of rape, sexual attack and acid attack are not held up for want of funds, the report says.
Despite the fact that the acid attacks on women and girl child were heinous in nature, such cases were not separately categorised and indicated in the Crime in Maharashtra annual report prepared by the crime investigation department for 2010-2013, the CAG has said.
The Manodhairya scheme was launched in October 2013 under which victims of rape were to be provided financial help of Rs 2 lakh while acid attack victims were to be given Rs 50,000. During 2013-14, the WCD made a provision of Rs 5.10 crore for the scheme.
The state committee had approved 410 cases and payment could be made in 296 cases. In the remaining, payment could not be made due to shortage of fund, the CAG report has stated.
When contacted, WCD officials said they had updated the records and from October 2013 till March this year, a total of 1,185 such rape survivors were provided assistance. There are another 1,043 cases that are pending and officials have now asked the state for a grant of Rs 60 crore. However, an allocation of Rs 8.99 crore has been made for 2015-2016,officials said.
What is also shocking is that out of the 1185 survivors who were financially assisted under the scheme, 691 were in the age group 0-18 years!
The CAG report on the state, which will be submitted to the Governor, says that a performance audit on the implementation of Acts and Schemes for welfare and protection of girl child in the State of Maharashtra for the period 2009-14 also revealed absence of annual State and district child protection plans.
Inadequacies were noticed in the implementation of various Acts for protection and welfare of girl child.
Stronger implementation of PCPNDT Act is needed by strengthening the inspection mechanism for better detection of cases and to serve as deterrence against sex selective abortions, the CAG report has said.
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