Mumbai, Nov 13 (UNI) Children living on the streets and pavements of the Metropolis have reminded the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of its promise, in its manifesto, for providing education and health care to them.
The UPA government had promised that they would provide nine per cent of the GDP for education and health care of the street children.
After the UPA government's promise, a movement called 'Nine is Mine' gained momentum all over the country.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference here yesterday, children from the city's streets and pavements said many a time the promises made by politicians were not fulfilled and the conference was a reminder to them.
One of the children Babloo Patel, who lived on the pavements of Wadala, said, ''Many promises have been made to us during elections but very few have been fulfilled''.
Another street child Kiran Kamble said, ''The fees in government schools are increasing and the facilities are decreasing, because of which our parents are reluctant to allow us to continue our education after a certain class.'' Before the last budget, more than 2,00,000 children from all over the country had petitioned the government on their promise following which the children met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 1.
On the Children's Day falls on November 14, more than 5,00,000 children from all over the country will forward their demands to the government, they said.