With the union budget round the corner, child rights NGO CRY Wednesday said that more funds should be allocated for sectors like health and education which impact children directly.
‘Children who live and grow in poverty are deprived of almost every fundamental right. They are much more likely to be malnourished, be living in unprotected environments, not enrolled in school and not receiving essential healthcare such as immunisation,’ Puja Marwaha, chief executive of CRY, said.
‘Most developed countries in the world like the US, UK and France spend around six-seven percent of their national budgets for public education and health, while India allocates around three percent for education and around one percent for health which should be improved,’ she added.
‘We want to flag the fact that child poverty has detrimental effects not just for children today, but carries over to when these children grow up into adults too. This situation can be altered only if investments in public services like free primary healthcare centres, anganwadis and school are proportionate to the number of children in the country,’ Marwaha said.