Raipur: The state government has planned to brought child budget for the first time. The chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is going to have meeting with his minister for its planning and execution. The different departments working for child welfare are to be brought together in this Scheme.
The concept of child budget has launched in some state of the country. It is part of UNICEF’s plan to include children’s health and educational development in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Chhattisgarh has also incorporated this scheme in its CG SDG vision till 2030.
About 8 lakh children are born every year in the state and at present the number of newborn to 18 years old children is close to 80 lakh. The government run several schemes for their development. Among these, the Women and Child Development and Health Department is the main department. The Women and Child Development Department alone is spending 14 hundred crores on children out of its budget of 2200 crores this year, while the Health Department spends 85 to 90 crores. This amount is spent only on vaccination, child heart plan, nuclear implant, mother-child scheme. The Department of School Education is spending 14 thousand crores on 56 thousand children studying in primary to higher secondary schools.
Besides this, the schemes are implemented every year in both the departments with an increase of 10%. Apart from these, the Department of School Education, Scheduled Tribes Welfare, Labor and Social Welfare also spend a large amount. Plans will be implemented with complete coordination and coordination by bringing all these under one roof. CM Baghel has called a meeting of ministers of these departments on January 15 to make its outline. At the same time, the State Planning Commission will also make plans with the secretaries.
According to sources, the child budget has already been implemented in 4 states of the country. These include Kerala, Assam, Bihar and Karnataka. Assam has implemented only last year. While the rest of the states have implemented from 2013-14. The previous BJP government in Chhattisgarh ignored it. According to experts, the child budget will be the fourth conceptual budget since 2013. Earlier, the BJP government has presented the Outcome Budget, Gender Budget, Youth Budget and Agriculture Budget. (Inputs from ANI)