A larger share of government spending will go towards dealing with issues affecting women than in the previous budget.
A total of five per cent of the total expenditure is allocated towards issues affecting women, shows figures from the gender budget document. This is higher than the 4.3 per cent allocated in the previous year as per budget estimates.
Nirmala Sitharaman is India’s first full-time woman finance minister. She has been in office since fiscal year 2020 (FY20). The gender budget has been an average of 4.6 per cent of the total expenditure as per budget estimates during her tenure. The average during the previous 15 years was 4.9 per cent.