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Neglect of Children under Six

The following is an open letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh: We are writing to express our deep concern about the neglect of children under six in the Union Budget 2007-08.

You may remember meeting some of us on December 19 last year (just after “Bal Adhikar Samvad”), when we discussed the FOCUS Report, the rights of children under six, and the recent Supreme Court judgment on Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). At that time you had assured us that the UPA government was committed to the universalisation of ICDS, as stated in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP), and also to the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment. We are, therefore, startled and dismayed that this commitment is not reflected at all in the Union Budget 2007-08. The allocation for ICDS (Rs 4,761 crore) has barely increased in real terms, and is virtually unchanged as a proportion of GDP.

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