Education, Health and Social Protection Budget 2018-2019 report..


Education, Health and Social Protection


 

The Finance Minister said that estimated budgetary expenditure on health, education and
social protection for 2018-19 is Rs.1.38 lakh crore against estimated expenditure of Rs.1.22 lakh
crore in 2017-18 .
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On education front, Shri Jaitley announced setting up of Ekalavya Model Residential
School on par with Navodaya Vidyalayas to provide the best quality education to the tribal
children in their own environment by 2022 in every block with more than 50% ST population
and at least 20,000 tribal persons with special facilities for preserving local art and culture
besides providing training in sports and skill development. To step up investments in research
and related infrastructure in premier educational institutions, including health institutions, a
major initiative named „„Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022‟‟
with a total investment of Rs.1,00,000 crore in next four years was announced . He said that a
survey of more than 20 lakh children has been conducted to assess the status on the ground,
which will help in devising a district-wise strategy for improving quality of education. To
improve the quality of teachers an integrated B.Ed. programme for teachers will be initiated. Shri
Jaitley said, the Government would launch the „„Prime Minister‟s Research Fellows (PMRF)‟‟
Scheme this year. Under this, 1,000 best B.Tech students will be identified each year from
premier institutions and provide them facilities to do Ph.D in IITs and IISc, with a handsome
fellowship. Allocation on National Social Assistance Programme this year has been kept at Rs.
9975 crore.
The Finance Minister announced the world‟s largest government funded health care
programme titled National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable
families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family
per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. He also committed Rs 1200 crore for
the National Health Policy, 2017, which with 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will bring
health care system closer to the homes of people. The Government also decided to allocate
additional Rs.600 crore to provide nutritional support to all TB patients at the rate of Rs.500 per
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month for the duration of their treatment. Shri Jaitley said, the government will be setting up 24
new Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals by upgrading existing district hospitals in the
country.
On cleaning the Ganga, the Finance Minister said, a total of 187 projects have been
sanctioned under the Namami Gange programme for infrastructure development, river surface
cleaning, rural sanitation and other interventions at a cost of Rs.16,713 crore. 47 projects have
been completed and remaining projects are at various stages of execution. All 4465 Ganga
Grams – villages on the bank of river – have been declared open defecation free. He said, the
government has identified 115 aspirational districts taking various indices of development in
consideration for making them model districts of development.

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