ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Paradox of Gender Responsive Budgeting

The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print edition. Despite the steps towards gender responsive budgeting, the budgetary allocations for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment show a decline. Not only has the magnitude of the gender budget as a proportion of the total expenditure of the Union Budget decreased, but the projected gross budgetary support for the “women and child development” sector for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period also shows a decline from the Eleventh Five-Year Plan if the allocations for Integrated Child Development Services are not factored in. Will this affect the government’s ambitious gender agenda?

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