Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at webinar on Effective Implementation of Budget Provisions in Health Sector

  • You may find this programme a little special. This time, we have decided to discuss in detail all the aspects that have been planned in the budget with different sectors that are directly concerned with the provisions of this budget.
  • So that when the new budget comes into force from April 1, all the schemes become applicable from the same day, are taken forward and the months of February and March are utilized for this preparation.
  • Now that we have preponed the budget by about a month, we have two months’ time. Therefore, we are constantly talking to the people of different sectors so as to get the maximum advantage.
  • Earlier, we discussed with all those concerned with infrastructure and defence sectors. Today, I have got the opportunity to talk to the people of the health sector.
  • The budget allocated to the health sector in this year’s budget is unprecedented and shows the government’s commitment to provide better healthcare to every citizen.
  • In a way, last year was like a kind of ordeal for the country, for the world, for the whole of mankind, and especially for the health sector.
  • I am happy that all of us and the health sector of the country have succeeded in this ordeal. We have succeeded in saving the lives of many.
  • Within a few months, the way country set up a network of about 2500 labs and reached a milestone of 21 crore tests from a mere dozen tests.
  • All of which has been possible because of the cooperation between the government and the private sector.
  • Friends, Corona taught us a lesson that we not only have to fight the pandemic only today but also to prepare the country for any such situation in future.
  • Therefore, it is equally necessary to strengthen every sector associated with health care.
  • We have to focus on everything from medical equipment to medicines, from ventilators to vaccines, from scientific research to surveillance infrastructure.
  • From doctors to epidemiologists so that the country is better prepared for any health disaster in future.
  • This is the inspiration behind the PM AatmaNirbharSwasth Bharat Scheme. Under this scheme.
  • It has been decided that a modern ecosystem would be developed from research to testing and treatment in the country itself.
  • The PM AatmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Scheme would enhance our capabilities in every spectrum.
  • As per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, local bodies will get more than Rs 70,000 crore rupees keeping health services in mind.
  • That is, the government’s emphasis is not only on investment in health care but also to expand the health care access to far flung areas of the country.
  • We also have to keep in mind that the investment in the health sector not only improves health but also increases employment opportunities.