Press meet to have separate budget for children in Election manifesto: Vimukti Pothnal

On 4th march 2018 Vimukti with the collaboration of like- minded NGOs from Raichur had press meet In view of upcoming general and assembly elections; released a manifesto for political parties, demanding adequate budgetary allocation for issues related to children. It also includes measures for protecting their rights. According to a status report on child rights, investment and attention to ensure education to all children is extremely low, infant mortality rate remains a concern and India's performance in crime against children, child marriage, child labour, child trafficking and child sex ratio is dismal. "Though children find a place in party manifestoes, their share is confined to only 5 to 13%," said the Mr. Jaysheel, Taluka Coordinator.

The organization will launch a campaign in the state during which volunteers will approach political parties and request them to include children-related issues in their manifestoes. "This is an attempt to remind politicians and the powers that be of their obligation towards protection and promotion of child rights," said Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director VCT, Pothnal. The manifesto includes fixing the age definition for all child-related legislations, implementing and expanding the scope of right to education, strengthening integrated child development services and reducing infant mortality rate.

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