2019 marks completion of 30 years of promises made to the children through UN Convention for Rights of the Child. To keep the promises we need to prioritize children in our plans and budgets. Investments in Children’s Development will not only bring down costs for mitigating related challenges later on but also as a long-term investment in human capital with future returns. Children not only form substantial part of the population (about 40 per cent population of India is below 18 years of age) but prioritizing them is a long-term investment in human capital with future returns.
Budget 2019 has brought some good initiatives such as Jal Mantralaya, Swatchta Abhiyan and achieving Open Defaecation Free India by 2019. There is emphasis on tackling preventable diseases like diarrhoeal deaths of under-5 children and that is commendable. But underprivileged children need more robust designs, implementation and monitoring. However, reaching the last child will need adequate financing on education, health and protection