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Women crisis centres victim of bureaucratic sluggishness

ISLAMABAD (October 05 2007): The project of Ministry of Women Development to establish women crisis centres in Faisalabad, Nawabshah, Mirwala, Rawalpindi, Swat and D.G Khan at a cost of Rs 55.615 million fell prey to bureaucratic sluggishness and bottlenecks and internal differences of district administrations.

Sources told Business Recorder Thursday that in Faisalabad rift between Nazim and District Co-ordination Officers (DCO) was the main reason for due to which the centre could not be made functional. This is causing aggravation of the adversities of victimised women in these areas.

Nawab Shah is one of the major women-violence prone areas and destitute women desperately need a crisis center in the area so that women may not suffer due to non availability of shelter.

However, the sources said, that establishment of the centre in Nawabshah also became victim of bureaucratic bottlenecks. The total cost of the Faisalabad women crisis centre is Rs 8.877 million and the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) allocation in the previous fiscal was Rs 0.99 million and the allocation for the fiscal 2007-08 is Rs 0.6 million, they said, adding the cumulative utilisation remained Rs 1.749 million.

They said that women crisis center of Rawalpindi was started with the total cost of Rs 13.994 million and the allocation for the previous fiscal was Rs 0.746 million however the cumulative utilisation remained Rs 5.396 million, they said.

Sources said that the total cost of the crisis center of Mirwala was Rs 8.877 million and the allocation in the previous fiscal was Rs 0.99 million, while allocation in the current fiscal was Rs 0.4 million however the cumulative utilisation remained Rs 1.749 million. The total cost of Nawabshab women crisis center is Rs 8.877 million and the allocation in the previous fiscal was Rs 0.993 million. Moreover the allocation in fiscal 2007-08 was Rs 1.2 million and the cumulative utilisation remained Rs 1.749 million, they said.

Sources said that Swat was considered traditions and customs-bound area for women, however, the establishment of women crisis centre was in doldrums. The total cost of the D.G Khan crisis center is Rs 7.495 million and the PSDP allocation in the previous fiscal was Rs 1.127 million, they added.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:10/5/2007

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