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Children?s manifesto tests Kerala leaders

In the heat and din of the Assembly elections, a group of kids in Kerala on Wednesday released a 'children's manifesto' asking all political parties what they would do for their welfare.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:42 IST
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In the heat and din of the Assembly elections, a group of kids in Kerala on Wednesday released a 'children's manifesto' asking all political parties what they would do for their welfare.

Releasing the manifesto in Kochi, M P Antoni, convenor, Child Rights Resource Centre (CRRC) of the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, said the manifesto had been put together by 50 children in the age group of 13 to 18 years.

The workshop, initiated by CRRC, has been supported by the Chennai chapter of the Unicef. As children constitute 40 per cent of Kerala's population, the manifesto demanded that 40 per cent of the budget be spent on schemes relating to their welfare.

Also, there should be 100 per cent utilisation of Central government funds related to children. The children also demanded a Kerala Children's Act, modelled on the Goa Children's Act of 2003, within a year as a safeguard from exploitation.

A childline in each district and a child safety unit at each police station, to be set up in six months, were among the other demands listed.