Press Release of Report on Ensuring Universal Access to Education & Health.

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Date: 13th November,2007
Venue: Press Club, Lucknow

Introduction
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.

Highlights 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 in India.

Dr. 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.

Delegation to the Honorable Minister of Secondary Education, Mr Rang Nath Mishra

Objective of the Delegation
To advocate for increase in budgetary allocation in education (6%of GDP) in Uttar Pradesh.


Highlights of the day
A Policy delegation comprising of representatives of Civil Society Organizations and INGOs (OXFAM) having intervention in Education carried a Policy Delegation to the Honorable Minister demanding increased allocation for education and health in State’s Budget.


The Minister was presented the Report on Ensuring Universal Access to Health and Education In India; along with it a Memorandum (attached as annexure) on the present scenario of Secondary Education in the state and an Appeal (attached as annexure) to increase budgetary allocation on education and health was also presented by children representatives of the campaign in U.P.

According to the Honorable Minister the demand for increase in budgetary allocation in education and health to ensure access to services is partially admissible because merely allocating higher proportion of the GDP does not guarantee adequate access to health and education. However there is a need to invoke will power among teachers who play truant from schools.

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