(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Rural Care through Education, Health and Social Protection [MARCH-2018]

(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Rural Care through Education, Health and Social Protection


Rural Care through Education, Health and Social Protection

Healthy and educated human resources are necessary for the productive economy. Budget has rightly recognized this fact. The estimated budgetary expenditure on health, education and social protection for 2018-19 is Rs.1.38 lakh crore against estimated expenditure of Rs.1.22 lakh crore in 201718 is in this direction. Ekalavya Model Residential School atpar with Navodaya Vidyalayas is proposed to provide the best quality education to the tribal children in their own environment by 2022 in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons with special facilities for preserving local art and culture besides providing training in sports and skill development. To step up investments in research and related infrastructure in premier educational institutions, including health institutions, a major initiative named "Revitalising infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022” with a total investment of Rs.1,00,000 crore in next four years was announced.

The Finance Minister announced the world’s largest government funded health care programme titled National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. He also committed Rs. 1200 crore for the National Health Policy, 2017, which with 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of peoples The Government also decided to allocate additional Rs.600 crore to provide nutritional support to all TB patients at the rate of Rs.500 per month for the duration of their treatment. Setting up of 24 new Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals by upgrading existing district hospitals in the country is a major step which would provide sophisticated health facilities.


Budget has rightly recognized the need for developing rural areas and massive investments in the sectors like housing, roads, drinking water, electricity, cleanliness, farming, health, education, telecom/broadband etc. are taken up in a big way. It has clearly spelled out the physical target and financials for creating livelihoods and infrastructure for rural areas and farmers. This shows the commitment of Government for developing rural areas of the country, without which inclusive and sustainable development is a day dream. The budget surely leaves a hope for positive change in the rural landscape In coming years.

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