The Government of India has allocated Rs 2,23, 846 crores – a 137 percent increase — for healthcare in Budget 2021-22. Govt will also spend Rs 64,180 crores on healthcare over six years under PM Aatmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana , said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharama presenting the first digital Budget 2021-22.
The Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman presenting the first digital budget 2021-2022 said, “Atmanirbhar Package accelerated structural reforms and fight against COVID continues in 2021.
“New Centrally Sponsored Scheme #PMAatmanirbharSwasthBharatYojana to be launched, an outlay of Rs 64,180 crores over 6 years to improve primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare. This is in addition to National Health Mission. To develop capacities of healthcare systems, develop institutions for detection & cure of new and emerging diseases,” announced Sitharaman.
“The total COVID-19 package amounts to 13 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). More COVID vaccines are also expected soon.,” she said.
Mentioning that the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and POSHAN Abhiyaan will be merged, she announced the launch of Mission POSHAN 2.0. Sitharaman also further said, “Integrated public health labs will be set up in each district, 3,382 block public health units in 11 states.”
FM informed that Budget 2021 proposals rest on six pillars, stated that Health and Well-Being as the first pillar and listed the next to be Physical and Financial capital and infrastructure, Inclusive Development for Aspirational India, Reinvigorating Human Capital, Innovation and R&D Minimum Govt., Maximum Governance.