AIDWA

Economic Policies

ON UNION BUDGET 2004-2005: INADEQUATE FOR WOMEN

8th July 2004 The Union budget marks a change, though highly inadequate from the previous NDA Government’s blatantly pro-rich and pro-MNC policies. The concerns expressed by the Finance Minister for sections which were hitherto invisible as far as the NDA Government was concerned as, for example, the rural poor and their needs such as employment, housing, water, is welcome and will benefit women of these sections. The thrust given to rural infrastructure and increased credit for farmers is necessary to reverse the anti-farmer policies of the previous regime. We welcome the steps...

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ON BUDGET 2003-2004: A BUDGET BIASED AGAINST WOMEN, THE POOR AND RURAL INDIA

28th February 2003 The All India Democratic Women’s Association challenges the Finance Minister’s assertion that housewives will welcome his maiden budget exercise. His budget mocks at the needs and demands of housewives and working women in India. RURAL HOUSEWIVES His definition of housewife clearly excludes the millions of rural housewives whose family budgets will be badly hit by the anti-rural bias in the budget reflected in the hike in prices of light diesel oil and fertilizers. Further, the meagre increase of the Antyodaya scheme to only 50 lakh families, hardly one...

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MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2008-09

A delegation of Women Organisations met with the Finance Minister Mr P. Chidambaram on 14th February 2008 and presented to him a memorandum requesting for additional budgetary allocations and strengthening of schemes benefiting women and children. The detailed memorandum is enclosed Noting the contents the Finance Minister assured that he will look into the concerns specially those related to widows pension. He further advised that the Women Organisation should approach the States and make them accountable as it is their responsibility to ensure that the funds allocated by the Centr...

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MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2004-5

MEMORANDUM FROM WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS FOR A GENDER JUST BUDGET                                                                                           ...

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THE 2009-2010 UNION BUDGET SHORTCHANGES WOMEN

6 July 2009 The AIDWA expresses its deep concern over the budget proposals of 2009-10. The budget speech shows that the UPA government has betrayed the trust of the aam aadmi and aam aurat who had reposed their faith in the UPA in the recent elections. Our vulnerability to the recession afflicting the rest of the world is evident in the decline in growth rates by 2.3 per cent within a single year. Naturally, women will be the worst affected in this process, and therefore AIDWA had expected the budget to provide some relief to them. Instead of this, the main focus of the budget is on pr...

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GENERAL POLICY DIRECTION OF UNION BUDGET 2011-12 DISAPPOINTING

28th February 2011 The AIDWA is disappointed by the general policy direction of the budget which has placed double digit growth as a priority over addressing the distress and problems of the common people. The Goddess of Lakshmi has been invoked by the Finance Minister (!), but the Finance Minister has been unwilling to allocate the necessary resources to help the ordinary women of this country. The last year has seen an alarming increase in food prices and unemployment rates across the board. Instead of adopting policy measures to provide support to these sections, the budget will o...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM ON BUDGET 2006-07

2nd Feb. 2006 To: The Hon. Finance Minister, Government of India New Delhi 110 001 Dear Shri Chidambaram ji, We represent National Women’s Organizations that have been conducting struggles of women for their just rights and working consistently, and jointly, on gender issues for many years. At the outset, we would like to once again bring to your notice the need to extend the practice of having pre-budget consultations with different sections to women’s organizations, and representatives of women, to enhance the gender component of the national budget. This is essenti...

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MEMORANDUM TO THE FINANCE MINISTER ON BUDGET CONCERNS OF WOMEN

February 11, 2002 To: The Union Minister for Finance Government of India, New Delhi From: All India Democratic Women's Association 121, Vithalbhai Patel House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110001 Dear Shri Yashwant Sinha ji, We had wished to meet you, as part of your pre-budget discussions with "interest groups", to present a more comprehensive picture of the minimum needs of women and children and how the budget could address them. It is a matter of regret that while preparing the budget you have not considered it necessary to consult women’s organizations on issues whic...

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CEC RESOLUTION ON THE UNION BUDGET 2011-12

3 March 2011 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) notes that the Union Budget 2011-12 reflects the continuing trajectory of the UPA-II Government on the neo-liberal economic path, without heed to the adverse impact it is having on the ordinary people. The fact that the Sensex rose more than 600 points after the Budget was presented by the Finance Minister indicates how well it has been received by the rich and business class, who have gained more than 1 lakh crores in the form of revenue foregone by the government in 2010-11. Given the fact that the whole countr...

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ON UNION BUDGET 2006-2007

28th February 2006                                                          The AIDWA expresses its disappointment that the second budget of the UPA government presented by the Finance Minister has not moved much in the direction of fulfilling the promises of the CMP.  As far as the vast majority of poor and...

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AIDWA Says 2004-05 Budget "Inadequate For Women"

18 July, 2004   THE union budget marks a change, though highly inadequate, from the previous NDA government's blatantly pro-rich and pro-MNC policies. The concerns expressed by the finance minister for sections which were hitherto invisible as far as the NDA government was concerned as, for example, the rural poor and their needs such as employment, housing, water, is welcome and will benefit women of these sections. The thrust given to rural in...

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AIDWA Observes National Demands Day on implementation

29 August, 2004   THE All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) observed National Demands Day for women throughout the country on August 24. While cautioning the people against the BJP attempts to hijack the political agenda and subvert the people's mandate, the AIDWA campaigned for enactment of employment guarantee act with special provision for women, for universalisation of the public distribution system, for women's reservation bill a...

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AIDWA Concerned about Dilution of CMP Assurance of 100 days Employment

The All India Democratic Women's Association expresses its deep concern at the dilution of the CMP assurance for 100 days employment per household, as reflected in the draft Bill to be placed before Parliament. In the present flawed draft of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act the Government seeks to restrict the operation of the Act only to some selected districts with no guarantee of its expansion. Equally unfortunate the Draft defines a household on the basis of a shared dwelling or a common ration card ignoring the r...

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A Note on Dance Bar Ban

A NOTE ON MAHARASHTRA GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO BAN DANCE BARS     Responding to a call attention motion tabled by Jayant Patil (PWP), Bala Nandgaonkar (Shiv Sena), Shobha Phadanvis (BJP) and others, on the 31st of March, the Home Minister of Maharashtra Shri R R Patil announced the immediate closure of dance bars in all parts of Maharashtra except Mumbai. Subsequently, the ban was extended to the entire state from the 13th of A...

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Budget 2012-13

Dated: 10th Feb.2012 To: Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Finance Minister Government of India New Delhi - 110001 Sub: Budget Memorandum from Women’s Organisations Dear Shri Pranab Mukherjee, We, the undersigned national women’s organizations, representing a large section of women of this country, especially those from underprivileged and marginalized sections of society, would like to place before you some key concerns that need to be addressed in the annual budget. We would, firstly, like to put on record our deep concern about the growing dispari...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM ON UNION BUDGET 2011-12

15th February 2011 To: Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Finance Minister Government of India New Delhi - 110001      Dear Shri Pranab Mukherjee,   We, the undersigned National Women’s Organizations (AIDMAM, AIDWA, AIWC, CWDS, GOS, JWP, MWF, NFIW, YWCA), representing millions of women from the poorest, most backward sections of our society, would like to place our concerns before you with regard to the National Budget for 2011- 2012. We would like to reiterate some of the important components that are crucial for women, and we hope that the su...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM TO FINANCE MINISTER ON BUDGET 2009-10

23 June 2009                                                                                                 To, &nbs...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM ON MICRO FINANCE SECTOR (DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION) BILL 2007

 15 May 2007   To:                                                                                               ...

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Women's Contribution To Economy

24 February, 2002 R Chandra     The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) recently submitted the following memorandum to the union minister for finance, Yashwant Sinha, detailing some of the problems the women and children of the country are facing and the concrete steps that are required from the coming budget to address these problems. The memorandum was signed by AIDWA general secretary Brinda Karat, vice president Premila Pandhe and treasurer Kalindi Deshpande.   We had wished to meet you, as part of your pre-budget discus...

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Tamilnadu Convention On Women And Employment

7 November, 2004 R Chandra     ONE of the key issues in the elections to the Lok Sabha held in April-May 2004 was that of mass unemployment, which was greatly exacerbated by the savagely neoliberal policies of the NDA government from 1998 to 20004. In all the pre-poll surveys, this came across as the problem that the electorate was most concerned about. The people delivered a remarkable electoral verdict against neol...

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