Higher proportion of resources must be allocated for Child Rights

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Staff Reporter

Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) with the support of Save the Children Pakistan organized a Consultation on Increased Budgetary Allocation and Expenditures on Children on Monday

Child Rights activists demanded the Federal and Provincial governments to increase resource allocations to improve the status of child rights in Pakistan Riaz Ahmed Fatyana, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law & Justice, National Assembly of Pakistan said that special measures are required to safeguard the rights of vulnerable children.

He highlighted inadequate spending as a key reason for Pakistan failing on most of the child related indicators of Development Goals.

Ms. Afshan Tehseen Bajwa, Chairperson, National Commission on Child Rights added that the federal and provincial government must ensure that budgets for all children related indicators are released in time and are not subjected to random cuts.

Ms. Khalida Ahmed, Member BoDs, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child said that approximately 47% of Pakistan’s total population comprises of children under the age of 18.

This population group should be our priority however, due to lack of will from policymakers; these children are deprived of their rights to survival, protection and development.