Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
11-March-2016 18:53 IST
Rs.25.63 crore released to State/UTs from Nirbhaya Fund for OSC Scheme & Women Helpline

Government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country. The corpus transferred to the Public Account for the Nirbhaya fund till 2014-15 is Rs. 2000.00 Cr. The following budgetary allocations have been made out of Nirbhaya Fund by Department of Economic Affairs, (Budget division) Ministry of Finance:

i)        Ministry of Home Affairs  :    Rs. 150 Cr. in 2014-15 and Rs. 150 Cr. in 2015-16

ii)      Ministry of Road Transport    Rs. 50 Cr. in 2014-15 and Rs. 653 Cr. in 2015-16

& Highways:


                  MWCD is administering two schemes namely, One Stop Centre Scheme (OSC) and Universalisation of Women Helpline (WHL) under Nirbhaya Fund. The OSC was approved in March 2015 for setting up of One Stop Centre one in each State/UT to support the women affected by violence.  The WHL Scheme was approved in February 2015 for implementation in 2015-16. The details are as under:


Name of the Scheme

Budget Provision

(BE 2015-16)

Funds Released to States/UTs

One Stop Centre Scheme

Rs. 14.00 Cr.

Rs. 10.17 Cr.

Universalisation of Women Helpline

Rs. 28.00 Cr.

Rs. 15.46 Cr.


As per the guidelines of Ministry of Finance dated 25.3.2015, Ministry of Women and Child Development is the nodal authority for appraisal of the schemes/proposals received under Nirbhaya Fund. The proposals as and when received from various Central Ministries are appraised & recommended by an Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund on priority. Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs have further simplified the procedure for release of funds from Nirbhaya Fund for the projects to be financed under Nirbhaya Fund.

This information was given by the Minster for Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.