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Basic health departments have a significant budget increase: FM | India News

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NEW DELHI: Allocations for three central health departments, the department of health and family welfare, Ayush and the health research department, have increased significantly in the 2021-22 budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday, countering criticism that the actual increase is modest despite the 137% increase in the health and wellness budget.
Comparing the budget estimates for the three key segments, Sitharaman said that the BE for the department of family health and welfare increased to Rs 71,269 crore in 2021-22, 9.6% more than Rs 65,012 crore last year; the allocation for Ayush increased by 40% to Rs 2,970 crore from Rs 2,122 crore in BE 2020-21; and the allocation for the health research department is 2,663 million rupees, an increase of 26.8% from 2,100 million rupees.
He also said it was surprising that while sanitation and water were seen as essential to health goals, they were being questioned. “Let’s not get carried away by this debate that you brought water and sanitation here, you brought Poshan here. The top three that everyone is looking for numbers by, we have increased, increased and increased, ”said Sitharaman at the Rajya Sabha.
Total budget outlay for ‘health and wellness’ increased to Rs 2,23,846 crore in 2021-22, up from just Rs 94,452 crore last year.
Despite the exponential increase of 137% in the context of a pandemic that highlights the importance of health, the budget was criticized as the provision of water, sanitation and the mitigation of air pollution, etc. they were grouped under a new heading of “health and wellness.”
Responding to such criticisms, the FM cited the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the importance of safe water and sanitation for health, particularly to prevent tropical diseases. The WHO mentions safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as crucial to human health and well-being. It says that safe and sufficient WASH plays a key role in preventing numerous critical tropical diseases.
“It was considered that by bringing drinking water and sanitation to health, we are probably not showing the whole picture and probably health – the central budget of the department of health and family welfare has gone down. If I compare just BEING with BEING, that is not true, ”said Sitharaman.
“The increase in water allocation has been based on the goal of providing tap water to ensure the long-term health of all,” said the FM.

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