Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre
The biggest hoodwink is the starved Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, which though merges the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and the Poshan Abhiyan, has been allocated an amount less than what was prescribed for Anganwadi services in 2020
The Budget outlay for health and well-being is Rs 2.23 lakh crore in 2021-22, as against the Budget Estimate (BE) of Rs 94,452 crore
Union Budget 2021: Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India laud higher allocation for healthcare sector
SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said that globally, spending on healthcare infrastructure and vaccines has given countries and their economies the best chance at fighting COVID-19
Union Budget 2021: Banking, health, infra sectors welcome announcements; hospitality, tourism regret lack of immediate support
Hospitality and Tourism roughly account for 10 percent of India's GDP and employ nearly 9 percent of India's working population and yet, it failed to find space in the Union Budget, FHRAI vice-president Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said
Union Budget 2021: Healthcare likely to be top priority, COVID-19 pandemic highlighted its 'fragility', says survey
The Assocham-Primus Partners survey found that 67.3% of the respondents expect the allocation of a fund to 'modernise existing primary healthcare infrastructure'
With poor historical spends on healthcare, there is an urgent need to raise the allocation substantially for health as a proportion of GDP
It is crucial that the government provides appropriate fiscal incentives and creates a sustainable public policy to encourage investment in private healthcare infrastructure
Union Budget 2021: Timely dissemination of vaccine, easy financial conditions may trigger growth in economy
With the near-term math upended by the pandemic, a realistic roadmap would be a timely guidepost to aid the Centre and states formulate their deficit and debt targets over the next 3-5 years.