New Delhi: To ensure MDGs are met in at least 30 districts in the least served states, Unicef and the Government of India (GoI) have signed a new five-year action plan that has been formulated within the context of the 11th Five Year Plan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
Unicef has budgeted $700 million for India of which $200 million, will come from them, their largest contribution so far, and the rest from partners.
The India programme will look at health, nutrition, water and sanitation, maternal health, immunization, child protection, education, children and AIDS.
The plan shares India’s burden on ensuring special protection to disadvantaged children and on tackling undernourishment. India has 35% of the world’s undernourished children under the age of five (55 million).
Renuka Choudhary, Minister of State for Women and Child Development said: “The focus would be on ‘inclusive growth’ and on expanding the scope and reach of the National Rural Mission as also strengthening programmes like Ujwala (to prevent trafficking) and Dhanlakshmi (to curb female foeticide).
The minister was hopeful that the Integrated Child Protection Scheme which is on the anvil, bringing in ministries of labour, education, health and social justice under one umbrella will tackle the issue of social exclusion especially amongst tribal communities and minorities.