India’s Gender Budget, which aims to reduce the gender gap, was allocated ₹2.23 lakh crore in the Union Budget 2023-24, which is just 2.12% higher than the Revised Estimates (RE) of ₹2.18 lakh crore for 2022-23. However, it was at least 30% higher compared to last year’s Budget Estimates (BE) of 1.71 lakh crore.
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Source – Business Standard
QUESTION – What is the ‘gender-budgeting’ approach? Does India have an official policy on gender-based budgeting? Discuss the merits of the approach and suggest a way forward.