Making Health and Development a Reality for the people of India
According to the Union Budget 2017 presented by Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, the budget allocation for health ministry for 2017-18 is Rs 47,352.51 crore in comparison to allocation in 2016-17 of Rs 37,061.55 crore, an increase of 27.76 per cent from previous year.

Budget Allocation for Ministries related Health and other related sectors:


Ministry

Amount Allocatedfor 2017-18 (Cr.)

Amount Allocated in Previous Year 2016-17 (Cr.)

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

48853

39688

Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation

20011

16512

Ministry of Women & Child Development

22095

17640

Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty

6406

5285



Budget Allocation for National Schemes related to Health/related sectors


National Scheme

Amount Allocated for 2017-18 (Cr.)

Amount Allocated in Previous Year 2016-17 (Cr.)

National Health Mission

27131

22598

National Drinking Water Mission

6050

6000

Integrated Child Development Scheme

20755

16580

Swacch Bharat Mission

16248

12800

National Program for Mid Day Meal in Schools

10000

9700


  Maternal and Child Health

  • National Scheme to offer Rs. 6000/- as financial incentive for pregnant women undergoing institutional delivery and vaccination for their children.
  • Action Plan prepared for reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) for every 1000 live birth to 29 by 2019 from 39 (2014)
  • Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) is aimed to be reduced by 100 for every 100,000 live births by 2018-20 from 167 as it was in 2011-12
  • Mahila Sakthi Kendra’s as one stop convergent support services centers for empowering rural women with development, employment, health and nutrition are planned across 14 lakh ICDS anganwadi premises with Rs.500 Cr.


Disease Control:

  • Action Plan has been made to work towards elimination of various communicable diseases as listed below:

 

Targeted year

Disease(s) targeted for Elimination

2017

Kala Azar, Filariasis

2018

Leprosy

2020

Measles

2025

Tuberculosis

  • 1.5 lakh Health Sub-Centers across the country are expected to be turned into Health & Wellness Centers.


Medical Education:

  • Government will work on transformation of regulatory system for Medical Education.
  • To strengthen the secondary and tertiary level care expertise across the country, additional 500 postgraduate seats are planned to be added to the existing pool of PG seats.
  • Additionally DNB courses will be started in District level hospitals and in reputed private hospitals
  • PG training courses will be strengthened at selected ESI and Municipal Corporation Hospitals


Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices:

  • Regulatory changes planned through amendments for Drug & Cosmetic Rules toe ensure reasonable prices drugs and promote generics
  • New Regulation for medical devices is being planned to attract investment and reduce the cost of devices.

 

Service Delivery:

  • Two premier institutes All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMs) are announced to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat.
  • For Senior Citizens, Aadhar based smart cards with Health details will be piloted in 15 districts in the year 2015-16
  • DigiGaon Initiative will be launched for providing Tele-Medicine and other services.


Taxes and Other Related Aspects:

  • Taxes on various types of Tobacco, Tobacco Pan Masala Products have been increased ranging between 50 % to 100% from the existing tax slabs. For example Tax on Pan Masala increased from 6 to 9%, which the tax on Chewing tobacco, pan masala with tobacco increased from 6 to 12%.
  • Limit for accepting cash donations capped at Rs. 2000/- for all Charitable Trusts.
  • A trust or an institution, which has been granted registration and subsequently had modification of the objects that do not conform to the initial conditions shall be required to obtain fresh registration.
  • Receipt of cash transactions limited to not more than 3 lakhs from a person in a day or in respect of a single transaction, or related to one event or occasion.
  • Taxes from medium and small-scale industries to be reduced to 25%
  • Foreign Direct Investment Policy will be liberalized in the future.
  • 500 train stations planned to be friendly for differently abled citizens
  • Special initiative over next 4 years as a sub-scheme under the National Rural Water Drinking Water Programme to provide safe water for 23000 households affected with high level of arsenic and fluoride
  • Sanitation coverage in rural areas increased from 42% (2013) to 60% currently. Open defecation free villages will be given priority for piped water supply.
  • 1 Cr. Houses to be constructed for homeless in the year 2017-18
  • SWAYAM platform will belaunched to promote open, online self-learning for at least 350 courses.
  • For entrance examinations for higher education, an autonomous National Testing Agency and a self-sustained premier Testing Agency will be set up to conduct all entrance examinations.

 

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