It stands at 15.33% for FY20
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has proposed an allocation of Tk80,200 crore —which is 15.33%of the national budget—for children.
The proposed budget allocation for children for FY2019-20 has increased compared to the last fiscal year, which was at Tk65,600 crore.
However, the number of ministries assigned to implement the child budget remains same as in FY2018-19.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Technical and Madrasa Education Division, Secondary and Higher Education Division, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, Health Service Division, Ministry Women and Children’s Affairs, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Ministry of Social Welfare, Local Government Division, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Public Security Division, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Law And Justice Division have been assigned to implement the child budget for FY2019-20.
The child budget was introduced in FY2015-16; with five ministries assigned important activities pertaining to children rights.
The number of ministries assigned was gradually increased to 7, 13, and 15, respectively, in FY2016-17, FY2017-18, FY2018-19, and FY 2019-20.
Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Abdullah Al Mamun, director for child rights governance and child protection sector at Save the Children, said it is a positive sign that the allocation for children has been increased for the next fiscal year.
He, however, opined that there should be a separate child directorate under the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, which should monitor the budget allocation for children.
“These 15 assigned ministries and divisions will work individually. A children directorate should be formed to look over the budget allocation and implementation,” he added.