The government is to launch various programmes targeted at destitute, impoverished, persons with disability, single women, children and marginalized communities in the new fiscal year 2020/21.
Presenting the federal budget for the new fiscal year at the parliament today, Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada shared that the government has decided to provide free testing of breast and cervical cancer patients.
Similarly, all 753 local units will have senior citizen service centres. The criteria for grant for child protection for the children living below the poverty line in Karnali State and Terai will be expanded so as to benefit as many as children. It is believed that over 1.3 million such children would benefit with the new programme of the government.
Furthermore, Minister Khatiwada shared that orphan children and those living with HIV/AIDS will be provided reliable social security for which social organizations will be mobilized.
The physical infrastructures to be made in the new fiscal year would be disability-friendly, according to the Minister.
The white stick (white cane) used by people with partial visual impairment and the books in braille script would be provided by the government free of cost.
Moreover, identification of landless persons would be identified and they would be provided land for proper settlement.
Women coming from impoverished community or underprivileged ones would be provided skills-based training and employment opportunities for which the government has allocated budget under the President Women Upliftment Programme.
Social awareness drives would be launched in partnership with the NGOs and community level to put an end to social vices and anomalies and gender-based violence. “Women Entrepreneurship Facilitation Centre would be set up in every local level for securing welfare of women,” Minister Khatiwada said.
In a bid to make the country free of street children and child labourer, the government will formulate national strategy and enforce it in all states accordingly. Parks, library and technology Museum would be established across the country for the physical and mental growth of children.
The government is to offer free treatment for the senior citizens suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Also those senior citizens who were not attended by anyone, those physically and mentally challenged would avail free treatment and medication services.
Source: National News Agency Nepal