Article Source : Im4change
Date of Issue :Jan 12, 2016
Title of Article :Civil society urges more resources for social sector
In view of the adverse impact of budget cuts on children’s schemes, Komal Ganotra from Child Relief and You (CRY, http://www.cry.org/) said that there is an urgent need to increase allocations for ICDS, on interventions to improve secondary education and for Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). She said that in anganwadi centres (AWCs) only 50 percent of children belonging to the target age-group could be tapped. There is a need to increase budget for child nutrition and early childhood care and education. Pre-school education is not taking place in most states.
The AWCs should be given more funds so that they serve as crèche too. Since the Right to Education Act has been enacted, there is a compulsion to allocate funds for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. However, the same is not happening in the case of secondary education. Budgetary allocation for the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) in 2015-16 was reduced by 29 percent between 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the budget estimates. Adequate number of hostels have not been constructed to incentivize girls’ education at secondary level. There has been a weak enforcement of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Prohibition and Regulation of Child Marriage Act etc. due to inadequate financial backing.