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Jaipur-based Budget Analysis Research Centre (BARC) conducted a study that revealed that the benefits provided for widows in previous budgets in Rajasthan were adequate for only about 13 per cent of the total number of widows in the State. Even if pensions were to be provided only to relatively poorer widows, this figure should have been closer to 60 - 70 per cent. Also the monthly pension had been kept too low. This study was used by organisations to successfully campaign for better allocations for widows, lead by Ekal Mahila Sangathan reports The Hindu. Some organisations have been constantly observing and citing these gaps to obtain rights of marginalised groups.

An important but neglected aspect of budget allocation is the extent to which it protects the interests of various weaker sections in society. A careful scrutiny and documentation of budget allocation by several organisations has helped obtain rights for weaker sections of society.

More recently, a study by All India Artisans and Craft Workers Welfare Association of the allocations in various years for handlooms under the Union Budget revealed that as far as planned expenditure was concerned, over the years the share of the handlooms in the overall allocation for the entire textile sector had decreased considerably.

This finding helped organisations of handloom weavers to ask for a better deal for handlooms. The myth created by announcements of special election-eve packages or concessions for handlooms was busted, and the study revealed the increasing neglect of the handlooms by the government.

In Gujarat, efforts were made by the organisation Disha and its budget-analysis wing (which later became a separate organisation) to analyse in details the budget allocation and spending for scheduled tribes. These findings enabled organisations working for tribal welfare to obtain a better tool for them.

In some parts of the country, reviews of the special component plans have helped to obtain more funds for the welfare of scheduled castes and tribes (SC/T).

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