Article Source : DAILY O
Date of Issue : 26th Feb ‘16
Title of Article : Budget 2016: 18 expectations for citizens under 18
Children are not the “citizens of tomorrow”. Four hundred million children comprising about 40 per cent of India’s population are very much the citizens of today. The total child budget in 2015-’16 has declined substantially, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of the total Union Budget.
In absolute terms, the child budget has decreased from Rs 81,075.26 crore in 2014-’15 (Budget estimates) to Rs 57,918.51 crore in 2015-’16. In the background of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, and changing ratios and fund devolutions, it is clear that states have differential absorption as well as fund allocation capacities. This year will be crucial to see how the budgetary restructuring is likely to impact children. The budgetary allocations for children should reflect the government’s intent of treating children as “supremely important assets”.
Here are 18 expectations from Budget 2016 for citizens under the age of 18: