Bhubaneswar, 11/1(Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ): As per the recent census, children constitute 38.8 percent of total population in Odisha. They represent not just Odisha’s future, but are integral to securing Odisha’s present. Yet development indicators continue to show slow progress towards securing their welfare and delivering their basic rights. Hence, it is important to both protect and increase expenditures to promote child rights viewed by the participants and speakers in the state consultation on ‘child budgeting’ today organised by Odisha Alliance for Child Rights (OACR), an alliance of child rights groups and networks at Red Cross Bhawan.
Welcoming the decision of State Government to ask suggestions from public for the 2016-17 budget through website and SMS, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairman of Odisha Alliance for Child Rights told that still there is huge gap between the money needed to fulfill the rights of children in the State and money promise to the budget, and between allocation and actual expenditure, to incapacities in programme delivering mechanism.
Surendra Sahoo, Senior Research Fellow, CYSD-OBAC gave a presentation on “Budget for Children in Odisha Context- Trend & Future Prospective”.
Speaking on the occasion, Laxmi Narayan Nanda, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF; Rubby Rout, Adoption Centrum, Ashis Sarkar, CRY-Kolkata, Maitrayee Mondol , Save the Children; Debendra Kumar Swain, Aide-et- Actions focused on increase of investment for children in various sectors including child health, child development, child education and children in difficult circumstances. The participants also emphasised on allocation of finances for implementation of state plan of action for elimination of child labour, specialized health care system for new born at different level, more observation homes in the state, residential child care institutions at source and child care and learning centres at destination point to address the issues of children in migration, allocate adequate finances to implement the norms of Right of children to free and compulsory Education Act, child care institutions for children with disability etc.
Amongst others Prakash Rath, Vice-Chairman, OACR from OLS, Kshyamakar Swain, Secretary, OVHA, Harihar Nayak, CCRP, Child representatives Puja Das, Santoshini Behera, Rosy Behera, Deepa Sahoo participated in the deliberation.