With no changes in personal income tax slabs and a slew of hikes in customs duty to benefit Make in India, the Budget speech focussed on the Centre’s Atmanirbhar Bharat vision.
Investment in health infrastructure increased substantially
PM Atma Nirmbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojna will be launched
Rs 64,180 crore spending plan for healthcare over the next six years. This is in addition to the National Health Mission.
17,000 rural and 11,000 urban health and wellness centres to be set up
Integrated public health labs to be set up in each district
This will develop capacities of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare
3,500 crore for covid vaccine in 21-22. Committed to provide more if required
Health outlay: Over 137% increase YoY
Urban Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 will be rolled out with an outlay of Rs 1.48 trillion over 5 years:
The Budget proposals for 2021-22 rest on 6 pillars.
1. Health and Wellbeing
2. Physical & Financial Capital, and Infrastructure
3. Inclusive Development for Aspirational India
4. Reinvigorating Human Capital
5. Innovation and R&D
6. Minimum Government and Maximum Governance
1. Health and Wellbeing
There is substantial increase in investment in Health Infrastructure
and the Budget outlay for Health and Wellbeing is Rs2,23,846 crore in BE 2021-22 as against this year’s BE of Rs94,452 crore, an increase of 137 percentage.
The Finance Minister announced that a new centrally sponsored scheme, PM AatmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, will be launched with an outlay of about Rs 64, 180 crore over 6 years. This will develop capacities of primary, secondary, and tertiary care Health Systems, strengthen existing national institutions, and create new institutions, to cater to detection and cure of new and emerging diseases. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission. The main interventions under the scheme are:
a. Support for 17,788 rural and 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centers
b. Setting up integrated public health labs in all districts and 3382 block public health units in 11 states;
Provision of Rs35,000 crore made for Covid-19 vaccine in BE 2021-22.
The Pneumococcal Vaccine, a Made in India product, presently limited to only 5 states, will be rolled out across the country aimed at averting 50,000 child deaths annually.
To strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach, and outcome, Government will merge the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and the PoshanAbhiyan and launch the Mission Poshan 2.0. Government will adopt an intensified strategy to improve nutritional outcomes across 112 Aspirational Districts.
Universal Coverage of Water Supply and Swachch Bharat Mission
The Finance Minister announced that the Jal-Jeevan Mission (Urban), will be launched for universal water supply in all 4,378 Urban Local Bodies with 2.86 crore household tap connections, as well as liquid waste management in 500 AMRUT cities. It will be implemented over 5 years, with an outlay of Rs2,87,000 crore. Moreover, the Urban Swachh Bharat Mission will be implemented with a total financial allocation of Rs 1,41,678 crore over a period of 5 years from 2021-2026. Also to tackle the burgeoning problem of air pollution, government proposed to provide an amount of Rs2,217 crore for 42 urban centres with a million-plus population in this budget. A voluntary vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles was also announced. Fitness tests have been proposed in automated fitness centres after 20 years in case of personal vehicles, and after 15 years in case of commercial vehicles.