Health Ministry Allocated Over Rs 90,658 Crore In interim Budget | Economy News


New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has been allocated Rs 90,658.63 crore in the interim Budget for 2024-2025, a hike of 12.59 percent over 80,517.62 crore in the Budget (revised estimates) for 2023-2024. The government also announced that healthcare coverage under the Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme will be extended to all ASHA and Anganwadi workers and helpers.

Presenting the interim Budget for 2024-2025 in Parliament on Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government plans to set up more medical colleges by utilizing existing hospital infrastructure and will form a committee to examine the issues and make relevant recommendations. (Also Read: Markets Turn Choppy On Budget Day; Sensex, Nifty Settle Lower)

Out of Rs 90,658.63 crore, Rs 87,656.90 crore has been allocated to the Department of Health and Family Welfare while Rs 3001.73 crore to the Department of Health Research. (Also Read: Jal Shakti Ministry Allocated Rs 98,418 Crore In Interim Budget)

The Budget allocation for the AYUSH ministry has been hiked from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 3,712.49 crore, recording a 23.74 percent increase. The finance minister also said that the government will encourage vaccination for girls in the 9-14 year age group for the prevention of cervical cancer and that various schemes for maternal and child healthcare will be brought under one comprehensive programme for synergy in implementation.

The newly designed U-WIN platform for managing immunization and intensified efforts of the Mission Indradhanush will be rolled out expeditiously throughout the country, Sitharaman said.

The budget allocation for centrally sponsored schemes has been increased from Rs 77,624.79 crore to Rs 87,656.90 crore. Among these centrally sponsored schemes, the budget allocation for the National Health Mission has been increased from Rs 31,550.87 crore in 2023-24 to Rs 31,967 crore in 2024-25 and the allocation for Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY) hiked from Rs 6,800 crore to Rs 7,500 crore.

The allocation for the National Digital Health Mission has been increased from Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore. For the National Tele Mental Health Programme, the Budget allocation has been increased from Rs 65 crore to Rs 100 crore.

The allocation for autonomous bodies increased from Rs 17,250.90 crore in 2023-2024 to Rs 18,005.65 crore in 2024-25. Among the autonomous bodies, the allocation for AIIMS, New Delhi has been increased from Rs 4,278 crore to 4,523 crore. The allocation for the ICMR has been increased from 2295.12 crore to Rs 2432.13 crore.

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