NIRBHAYA FUND SCHEME
Context: A State-of-the-art DNA Analysis Centre has been set up in Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme with an allocation of Rs.99.76 crores.
This facility has an annual capacity to examine 2000 forensic cases relating to sexual assault, homicide, paternity, human identification and Mitochondrial DNA. An approval for setting-up and upgrading of DNA analysis and cyber forensic units in State Forensic Science Laboratories in 13 States/ Union Territories under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme. In addition to above, 25 States have been given an allocation of Rs.108.40 crore in order to strengthen the Forensic Science facilities, including DNA analysis facilities, as part of annual State Action plan under the Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces in the year 2019-20. The Directorate of Forensic Science Services has six Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSLs) situated at
- Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
- Guwahati (Assam)
- Hyderabad (Telangana)
- Pune (Maharashtra)
- Kolkata (West Bengal)
ABOUT NIRBHAYA FUND
Nirbhaya Fund is an Rs 10 billion corpus announced by Government of India in its 2013 Union Budget.
P. Chidambaram, the then Finance Minister in his Budget Speech of 2013 announced that 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.
Implementation of the Scheme and Disbursal of Fund: The Fund is administered by Department of Economic Affairs of the finance ministry. However, Ministry of Women and Child Development, along with several other concerned ministries, work out the details of the structure, scope and the application of this fund.
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