Union budget 2018-19: NDA govt accords priority to health, education

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Union budget 2018-19: NDA govt accords priority to health, education

Union budget 2018-19: NDA govt accords priority to health, education
February 01
06:29 2018

In his fourth budget, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accorded priority to the health and education sectors by increasing the allocations. Here are the major allocations in the budget 2018-19:

Health sector

  • Arun Jaitley proposes 24 new govt medical college and hospitals
  • 600 crore allocated for nutritional support to all TB patients in the country.
  • National health protection scheme has been proposed to benefit 50 crore people in the country, says Arun Jatley.
  • The Government to provide health cover of up to 5 lakh per family per year for poor and vulnerable
  • The National health protection scheme will cover 10 crore poor families.
  • Jaitley proposes Rs. 1200 crore for health and wellness centres. 2 major initiatives inveiled as part of Ayushman Bharat program

Education Sector

  • Rs 32,508 crore allocated for 305 programmes meant exclusively for STs in education sector.
  • Rs 52,719 crore for SCs, The government to implement 279 programmes.
  • The union finance minister proposes a railway university in Vadodara. The Government moots Ekalavya schools for tribal children.
  • Arun Jaitley says the education in the country is moving from back board to digital board. Says the government will treat education in a holistic manner and not in compartments. There would be no segmentation.
  • He said to improve infrastructure in education sector Rs 1 lakh crore would be allocated in the coming four years.
  • Budget reactions, (later in the day) -. BJP – Pathbreaking, pro-farmer & will help the last person in the society.
    . Congress – Anti-poor & will increase inflation.
    . AAP – For the benefit of Adani & Ambani.
    . CPI & CPM – Will serve American interest & will result in mass unemployment.
    . JDU – Nothing special, wasted opportunity.
    . RJD, TMC, BSP, SP etc – Poor & downtrodden will suffer more.
    . Shiv Sena – Anti- Maharashtra & Failure of BJP & PM.
    . CII, Assocham, FICCI – Will kick-start economy & encourage private investment.
    . NDTV, India today, Network 18, Aaj Tak, ABP, etc – Nobody seems to be happy, likely to create problems for Govt.
    . Times Now, Zee, India TV – Great budget will help BJP in elections.
  • Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. chandrababu Naidu  expresses unhappiness over the Budget.

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