The Budget 2021-22 has covered welfare scheme for women plantation workers in Assam and West Bengal, the reduced margin money requirements from 25% to 15% under the scheme of Stand Up India and permission to work in all sectors and also in night shifts with more security. However, these measures will have limited contribution for women who are worst hit by the pandemic. Practically, the women entrepreneurs, domestic helps in cities, at construction sites, and in handicraft and retail units needed a boost and some incentives. Data show that more than eight months after the pandemic, 13% fewer women than a year ago were employed or looking for jobs, compared to 2% fewer men!
Quote by Rupinder Malik on Women Employment, Pandemic – Budget 2021 published in Mondaq.