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Child focus budget placed proposing Tk 56,000 crore

DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS) - Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith tabled separate child budget today for the third time while placing the budget for the coming financial year before the Jatiya Sangsad.

Muhith said an allocation of Taka 56,000 crore, 14.8 percent of the national budget, has been proposed for six ministries and divisions under Child Focused Budget (CFB) for 2017-18.

The allocation in the proposed CFB is Taka 10,000 crore more than the proposed CFB of 2016-17 fiscal year, that was Taka 46,000 crore.

The sis ministries are - Information, Labour and Employment, Primary and Mass Education, Women and Children Affairs, Disaster Management and Relief, Social Welfare and Local Government.

This year report said the CFB implies a system in which children's best interests come first, where child-friendly social and economic policies and proper targeting procedures are put in place and where budgetary allocations are child-informed and compatible with policy commitments.

The CFB is also about ensuring the effective and efficient prioritization of government budgets so that allocations are translated into concrete child-related outcomes, the minister explained.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)