February 03, 2007

PM promises 9 p.c. of GDP for health, education

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the Government would find the resources to keep its promise of allocating 9 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) to fund education and health.

Interacting with a group of 20 children, who are part of the "Nine is Mine" campaign, Dr. Singh said he would discuss the issue at the Chief Ministers' meeting that would be held soon. It was important that the State Governments and panchayats took responsibility to ensure education and health for all.

Following the interaction, the members of the group, who had collected signatures of 2,00,001 children from across the country, said they believed every child should have access to health and education.

The initiative was supported by the "Wada Na Todo Abhiyan" (Keep Your Promises Campaign), a national coalition of over 900 organisations working across 15 States to monitor the Government's promises in fulfilling the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the national development goals and the National Common Minimum Programme.

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