Budget 2016: Nobel laureate, Kailash Satyarthi asks for higher budgetary allocation on children's health, education and safety

ET Bureau
The Economic Times

KOLKATA: Appealing to the Government of India for a greater budgetary allocation for the protection, education and health of the children, Nobel laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, on Saturday said , "the money, government spends on children is dismal". Satyarthi was here in the city to attend three programmes including the annual convocation of WB NUJS.

According to the Nobel laureate, four per cent of the country's budgetary allocation is for issues related to children's protection and education. "With the budget session coming close, the most pertinent issue is now protection of the children in the country. I want to appeal to the government to spend more on children since we have the youngest society. Even though, the government invests on other social issues, when it comes to investment on children, it is dismal. The budgetary allocation for the protection of children has to go up; especially in a country where 41 per cent of its population is below 18 years of age. And then only, the country would witness inclusive and sustainable growth," he said addressing a press conference in the city.

He also demanded the setting up of special courts in each district of every state in India; to dispose of cases related to violation of child rights or sexual abuse of children. Convictions in such cases are abysmally low in the country, he added.

While asked to comment on the JNU issue in which the young people of the country are involved, he said, "I know the same that you are reading and listening. I am not an expert on this. However, intolerance, frustration and violence are growing among young people globally. We have to channelize the energy of the young people in a positive manner."

The Nobel laureate, also announced the launch of his "most ambitious" and new global campaign against child labour and exploitation. The online and offline campaign is called as "100 million for 100 million". It would be launched at the end of this year. "The idea is to get 100 million young people to voice their views and act for another deprived 100 million children. Plans are afoot to sensitize others about issues relating to child labour, exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking, through the initiative," added Satyarthi.