“The government has also decided to set up 15 model rural health research centres in states for better healthcare facilities in rural India,” said Finance Minister.

“Rs 500 crore has been allocated for a plan to set up four more AIIMS-like institutes in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in Ma-harashtra and Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

In an endevour to provide dental facilities, he also vouched to add 12 government medical colleges. At present, 58 government medical colleges have been approved.

The allocation to the health sector was up by merely 5 percent from Rs 37,330 crore proposed in the last budget.

The National Health Mission has been earmarked a total of Rs 21,912 crore, up 16 percent from Rs 18,880 crore proposed for it in the last budget.

“For the first time, the Central government will provide assistance to strengthen the States’ Drug Regulatory and Food Regulatory Systems by creating new drug testing laboratories and strengthening the 31 existing state laboratories,” Finance Minister said.

However, for the differently-abled people, the budget doesn’t offer much.

The Union Budget has assured financial assistance to states for setting up Braille presses and the extension of a scheme to allow the disabled to purchase contemporary assistive devices.

(JPN)

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