Chronically low investments have made our public health systems fragile and overburdened, such that they have become incapable of reversing India’s TB crisis by themselves.
“The Centre has drawn up a health plan in which 40% of the fund has to come from states. But why should the state spend on another programme when it already has its own?”
The unseemly haste with which the finance minister has replaced ‘permanent establishment’ with ‘significant economic presence’ will open up the floodgates for international tax disputes.
All stakeholders must ensure that the public debate on healthcare, spurred by this year’s Union Budget, stays alive and the government’s feet are continuously held to fire.
Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance is old wine in a new bottle as over half the target beneficiaries proposed to be covered already stand covered under existing schemes.
The Centre’s special skill in repackaging and re-advertising proposals is now quite apparent.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech was vague on the details, and closer inspection reveals that it was also misleading.
Why has India chosen the path of expanding medical insurance instead of a more comprehensive approach to health?
In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley promised farmers a minimum support price at 50% over the cost of production of crops. Here’s a quick breakdown of the importance of MSP and what the new budget means for farmers.
The finance minister has chalked out ambitious outlays in different spheres, especially in the farming sector. How will they be financed?
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How much will this scheme cost? What is the timeline for its roll out? Will private sector influence cause exploitation? Only NITI Aayog has the answers.
While the finance minister’s announcement sounds good in theory, the mathematics involved in the realisation of the National Health Protection Scheme makes it look surreal.
Vinod Dua discusses allocation to agriculture in the Union Budget 2018 and VIP culture in India.
Even the vaguely “pink” effort in the Economic Survey is whitewashed in the finance minister’s Budget speech that is heavily based on stereotypical gender roles for women, and even that completely disappears when we get to the actual budget allocations.
The finance minister has discovered the garib and has felt compelled to make a pretence of quelling the farmers’ anger, just as he has given a cold shoulder to the urban middle classes.
The finance minister has made a big announcement on minimum support price, but he should make it clear whether all he is promising is to take the prices back to the UPA levels.
At a meeting with party leaders, Naidu voiced his disappointment over the lack of any allocations for the state to fulfil commitments made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
The finance minister has relied on grandiose announcements without making efforts to address the fundamental concerns of public education.
For the third consecutive year, there has been a drop in the share of South Asia in the total loans and grants given by the government, including the ministries of external affairs, finance and home affairs.
While the Budget comes with news of a new production policy, it will be up to the defence establishment and industry to bring things to fruition, something which they have struggled with so far.
While some ambitious schemes have been announced, there is no clarity on where the money for them will come from.
The Dalit and Adivasi community’s analysis of the budget shows gross under allocation – only 50.7% has been allocated towards targeted schemes for SCs and 51.24% for STs.
There is a paucity of demand of India – which requires an expansionary fiscal policy to revive employment, growth and investment.
While the government claims it “will bring healthcare system closer to the homes of people,” it hopes to do this through the private sector, not by strengthening the public health system.
The revised fiscal deficit target of 3.3% does not stand the test of credibility as it is based on a rather optimistic assumption that GDP will grow by 11.5%.
This fulfils a long-pending demand of the people of Tawang, and the army, which faces a huge challenge every winter to keep the Pass open.
Budget 2018 may be a good election weapon but given the difficulties faced by the economy and the incapacity of the government to deliver quickly, it can produce a political dividend for the BJP only if elections are held soon.
Siddharth Varadarajan and Anuj Srivas talk about the Union Budget 2018-2019.
While the Rs 55,000 crore earmarked for this year is technically the highest since the scheme’s inception, it’s the same when taking into account the supplementary allocations infused last year and the scheme’s pending liabilities.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s entire emphasis has been on the poor, with a few tweaks to the salaried, income-tax paying classes almost as an afterthought.
The government announced a new health protection scheme to give Rs 5 lakh to 50 crore poor and vulnerable individuals, despite existing schemes on this hitting roadblocks.
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Highlights of finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech.