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Hike education, health share in GDP, say children

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 17:00 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Social exclusion, lack of quality education, malnutrition and child labour were some of the issues children from 14 states Friday put at the forefront while demanding bigger share for education and health in the GDP.

They were part of NINEISMINE -- a child rights advocacy campaign demanding that nine percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) be committed to health and education as promised by the Common Minimum Programme.

"The government promised in 2004 to allocate nine percent of GDP for education and health in 2013. But the promise remains unfulfilled," Karan Deep Bhagat, an activist associated with the campaign, told IANS.

He said the detailed reports prepared by the children would be submitted to the government and they would march towards Parliament Street Saturday to raise awareness on the issue.




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