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Break the cycle of misery... By Tassawar

07 January, 2014

The children in Pakistan are living in misery their state is some of the worst in the world. Recently, Save the Children and CRM Pakistan published a book on budget analysis from a child rights prospective. This book describes that Pakistan's budgetary system does not recognise children as a separate unit of allocation. Therefore, children are not a sector of development in the Public Sector Development Programme (PDSP) or a unit of expenditure in the current or development budget. The analysis also shows that children-specific investment is scattered under the programmes for primary, elementary education, healthcare and social sectors.

As a party to the United Nations Convention on Child Rights and other treaties, the government of Pakistan must break the cycle of misery and allocate maximum financial resources for a children-specific programme. The government should establish a national commission for child rights, which monitors budgeting for children-specific programmes, plans and policies. The government of Pakistan also should consult civil society organisations at the time of preparing the budget as well as provide access to information regarding the budget. This cycle of misery we can break by providing children rights and protection, and by having their participation in policy making.

RANA TASSAWAR ALI
Islamabad

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