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Govt focuses on child health

The Department of Women and Child Development was pulled up by HRD Minister Arjun Singh after it showed dismal statistics on child budgeting and health.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2005 19:54 IST

The Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) was today pulled up by HRD Minister Arjun Singh after it showed dismal statistics on child budgeting and health.

"Well, looking for excuses is a very convenient way of avoiding responsibility," the Minister remarked after DWCD Joint Secretary Loveleen Kacker showed several slides on government allocations for child development and on poor girl child sex ratio and health during a workshop on child budgeting here.

Singh blamed the results on what he called a non-performing delivery system and on a lack of accountability.

"Time has come in India where we should be very ruthless in seeing that this system does not falter. And where ever it falters someone must pay for it," he said.

In a departure from his prepared speech at the workshop, he reprimanded department officials for "only finding faults with others".

"Sometimes I wonder why it is that while all our perceptions are correct, we still have to see a dismal picture as has been just presented."

In her presentation, Kacker said child allocation made up only 3.75 per cent of total government spending in the DWCD. Of this, 0.65 per cent is spent on on child development, 0.52 per cent on child health, a mere .03 per cent on child protection and 2.56 per cent on education, she said.

First Published: Oct 26, 2005 19:54 IST