High hopes for women, but low­est al­lo­ca­tion in bud­get

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

While there is a great deal of talk about get­ting more women to con­test elec­tions, there are ques­tions about how se­ri­ous the Gov­ern­ment is about the wel­fare of women and chil­dren.

As Am­para District UPFA MP Sriyani Wi­jew­ick­rema pointed out this week in Par­lia­ment, the al­lo­ca­tions to the Women’s and Child Af­fairs Min­istry for 2018 is a mere Rs 3 bil­lion, one of the low­est.

This amount is for the wel­fare of a group that makes up well over 50 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, she pointed out.

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