28 February 2015 :: An additional allocation of Rs. 1,000 crore to ‘Nirbhaya Fund’, to support women security programs : said Finance Minister Arun Jetley During presenting the Union Budget 2015-15
This fund is expected to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India. Nirbhaya (fearless) was the pseudonym given to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim to hide her actual identity. The Ministry of Women and Child Development, along with several other concerned ministries, will work out details of the structure, scope and the application of this fund.
Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in his 2013 budget speech, with Government contribution of Rs. 1000 Crores for empowerment, safety and security of women and girl children. The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry.