An allocation of Tk800m for providing assistance to women entrepreneurs has been proposed in the 2013-14 FY budget while it was 1b in the last budget.
The allocation in the current fiscal year is Tk1b for women development. In order to determine the share of women in the national budget, gender budget has been prepared for 40 ministries in 2013-14 FY. In the proposed budget for FY 2013, gender budget is presented for 25 ministries; in 2012, it was for 20 ministries.
Last four year’s budget of relevant two ministries, Science and ICT ministry was examined from gender perspective in terms of allocating enough resources for achieving the gender goals.
About the allocation, Rokeya Kabir, executive director of Nari Pragati Sangha, said: “We did not get the total budget till now. Gender dimension was necessary. But if you are not determined to achieve the goal, it becomes useless. We are working to get picture of effect of this allocation at target beneficiaries ends. It was quite disappointing.”