The government needs to adopt a more subtle gender-responsive budget to tackle gender inequality in India.
The first Gender Budget Budget was presented in India in 2001. In 2003, the Government of India suggested that all ministries and departments should include a section on sexual issues in their respective annual reports. In 2004, an expert group was set up to classify government practices and “examine the feasibility of gender budgeting and suggest a general approach”. By January 1, 2005, all departments and ministries were instructed to form a Gender Budget Cell in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.