FM agrees on release of welfare schemes funds on priority to beneficiaries


New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley on Wednesday agreed with stakeholders’ demand that Administrative Ministries should release Welfare Schemes funds on priority to beneficiaries.

During the pre budget meeting with the representatives of Social Sector Organisations, Mr Jaitley said that his Government is fully committed in ensuring cost effective fund utilisation of the Welfare Schemes spanning the various Social Sector Ministries.

The Finance Minister also welcomed the suggestions of the representatives desiring greater allocation of funds for Child protection schemes; Nutrition security concerns; more targeted benchmarks to improve quality of Government funded schools; healthcare for the elderly and incentives to ensure better employment conditions for working mothers; streamlining the vocational training to boost employment; aid paperless, presence less and cashless dealings with employers to ensure transparency for employees and address needs of labour in the Informal Sector.

During the meeting, the representatives from more than twenty Social Sector Stakeholder organizations were present. The stakeholders represented interests for Dalit Human Rights, Right to Food, Right to Education, Budget and Governance Accountability, Child Protection concerns, senior citizens’ needs, water conservation needs, nutrition and health concerns.

Along with Mr Jaitley, the Pre-Budget Consultative Meeting with the representatives of Social Sector Groups was also attended among others by Hasmukh Adhia, Finance Secretary; Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary (Economic Affairs); Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Women & Child Development (WCD); Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) and Kalpana, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment.