Venue: Press Club, Lucknow
Nine is Mine is a Children’s
Campaign to ensure that 9% of GDP is allocated for education
and Health as promised in The National Common Minimum Program.
This Campaign has been initiated by Wada Na To do Abhiyaan
(Keep The Promises Campaign) which is a National Coalition
of over 900 organization working to ensure fulfillment of
Millennium Development Goals, National Development Goals
and Common Minimum Program. UPVAN, a network of 261 organizations
across U.P. is an active partner in Nine is Mine campaign
ast year our network had mobilized 1-lakh children of Uttar
Pradesh as part of the Signature campaign conducted by Wada
Na To Do Abhiyaan to advocate for this cause.
of the Day
On the eve of Children’s Day
the summary of The Report on Ensuring Universal Access to
Health and Education in India formulated by Wada Na To Do
Abhiyaan was released in Uttar Pradesh by children in front
of Print and Electronic media. Dr Vimla Ramchandran and
Prof Imrana Quadir have authored the Report. Prof Imrana
Quadir has authored the Health chapter and Dr Vimla Ramchandran
has written the Education chapter of the report. Center
For Budget and Governance Accountability has also contributed
in bringing out the budgetary aspect of health and education
Chandra Shekhar Vyas addressed
the media. He threw light on the intervention of UPVAN with
respect to Wada Nibhao Abhiyaan. Wada Nibhao Abhiyaan is
the state partner of Wada Na To do Abhiyaan , which is a
National Coalition of over 900 organizations working to
ensure fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals. He also
highlighted the status of U.P in health education. Uttar
Pradesh has one of the highest Maternal Mortality ratios
of 517 per lakh live births and Infant Mortality rate of
74 per thousand births. Access to health services is bleak.
There is a shortage of Health Staff (5825 ANM and 2281 sub
centers have yet to be staffed with 14,789 health workers).
Funds on health have also not been utilized. Similarly in
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan 3008 crore was allocated for Fiscal
Year (2006-07) and the actual expenditure till date is 2239
crore. Coordinator of UPVAN Mr Diwakar Bhatt also expressed
his views on this occasion. The Report could not reach UPVAN
at the Scheduled time; hence the major issues coming out
of the report were presented through power point presentation.
Hand out of the summary of the report was distributed among
media representatives. However representatives of media
were assured that the report would be dispatched to them
as soon as it is made available to UPVAN.