Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed the inaugural session of TechBharat 2021. Laghu Udyog Bharati and IMS Foundation have organised the 2nd edition of the conclave bringing together stakeholders from the HealthTech and Edutech sectors on a virtual platform. Techbharat is facilitating interactions and deliberations between thousands of domestic and global participants, including policymakers, government representatives, industry members, investors and start-ups to nurture resourceful partnerships and boost growth in the sectors.
“The funding for the healthcare sector needs to be stepped up greatly and it has to be ensured that there is equity in the delivery of healthcare. A radical improvement in government facilities for the poor, rather than only glitzy hospitals for the well-heeled along with the recent moves to lower prices of essential drugs and health equipment are steps in the right direction,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said in his address.
Reiterating the government’s commitment towards the health and wellbeing of the citizens, he highlighted the highest ever funding for the sector in the Union Budget 2021-22. The Union Minister said, “The massive increase of 137% in budgetary allocation for the sector will not only help strengthen our healthcare infrastructure but will also focus on areas of preventive health and holistic well-being.”
He added: “The total sum allocated to the sector of more than Rs 2.2 lakh Crore, will be of immense help to the country at this critical juncture in ensuring healthier lives of our citizens while at the same time opening up enormous growth and employment opportunities.”
He further said: “Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji, the government has not only fulfilled its duty, by providing relief to the citizens in the unprecedented times of Covid-19 but has also turned the crisis into an opportunity by embarking on a mission to establish an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat to further growth and development.”