Reaction on budget- SOS Children's Villages of India
By: SOS Children’s Villages of India
"The Union Budget 2018-19, strikes a balance between social prudence and spending. The rolling of incentives for the health, education and women welfare issues will surely usher a new era for the socio-development sector in India.
The FM announced the world's largest government funded healthcare programme with INR 5 lakh annual cover per family for 10 crore poor families. Under the Aayushman Bharat programme, the govt allocated INR 1200 crore for setting up of 1.5 lakh centres, while increasing access to health facilities. Also, to increase the digital intensity in education, INR 1 lakh crore is allocated to revitalise and upgrade education sector, which can contribute immensely in building a robust socio-economic infrastructure.
The above incentives will also mean that care for the parentless and abandoned children will gain momentum; we are firm in our resolve to serve for the cause.
It was encouraging to know that loans to women self-help groups are expected to increase to 75,000 crore by FY 2018-19. This clearly indicates that women are feeling empowered and confidently participating in decision making role in the areas of family planning, children's marriage, buying and selling property, and sending their children to school.
India is at the cusp of global attention in terms of social indicators and development. The budget has laid the foundation for rolling of the incentives, and I am sure that these initiatives help India scale new heights."
About SOS Children's Villages of India
With 52 years of committed care and service provided to once parentless and underprivileged children, SOS Children's Villages of India is one of the largest self-implementing NGOs with pan India presence across 32 projects in 22 states. It provides direct care to over 25,000 children annually. Established in 1964, SOS India is a non-government, non-profit, voluntary child care organization. It has since been involved in providing children in distress a 'home-like' environment with a loving mother, brothers and sisters, as well as a home and a community. The mission of the SOS Children's Villages of India is to build families for children without parental care so that they grow up with love, respect & security. It is a well-known credible organization in India and the first NGO to get a CRISIL accreditation for very strong delivery capability and high financial proficiency. In March 2016, SOS India was certified by TRACE, world's leading anti-bribery standard setting organization, which demonstrates a commitment to commercial transparency. For more information please visit: http://www.soschildrensvillages.in/
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