Budget For Children…no Protection for the Aam Bachcha..

As with every year HAQ has undertaken a Quick Analysis of the Union Budget 2011-2012 from a Child Right's perspective. The highlights are:


  • A minimal increase in protection and a drop in the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) allocation that sets the tone for all protection measures for children in India. Considering that all protection schemes were subsumed under this umbrella it is leaving children unprotected and diluting the commitments set by the 11th Five year plan.
  • Health allocations once again take a back-seat. Polio seems to have taken a beating with a sharp dip in allocation not keeping in focus the increasing cases of polio. What accounts for this decrease when clearly all children are not covered by immunisation and Polio has not been eradicated
  • All is not lost though. There are some sweet notes. Large increase in the allocations in the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Midday Meal Schemes will hopefully stem the dropout rate  and the fillip given to Education with 40% increase in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) allocation will herald a new era in education.

    • Rs. 45 crores  prematric scholarship for Scheduled tribe children



    • Rs. 196 crores prematric scholarship for Scheduled caste children    


    • Major increase in setting up of 6000 model schools; Inclusive education is now a reality…the disabled children have some reason to cheer.

For details see attached document. A more detailed analysis will be available soon on this website.

No Protection for Children in Budget 2011-2012