Budget 2018: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to allocate additional budgetary resources in the upcoming Budget 2018 to 115 districts for improving the condition of health and education, The Indian Express reported. The additional allocation is expected to be given to various nodal departments in charge of improving various indicators such as health and nutrition, education, financial literacy and skill development, etc in these districts.
According to the report, these 115 districts are being monitored by the Central government officials for the additional allocation in the Union Budget 2018. The Indian Express quoting a senior official reported that at a recent meeting between one of the ministers responsible for this project and senior representatives of the health ministry, human resource development ministry and Niti Aayog, the issue pertaining to insufficient budgetary resources for the backward districts was raised.
“During the meeting on Tuesday, a joint-secretary of the health ministry said that they would seek an increase in budgetary allocation by 30% for the 115 districts, in order to improve the metrics pertaining to health and nutrition,” the senior government official told the paper. Last year, the initiatives to improve these indicators were announced and central and state government officers of the additional secretary or joint secretary level for assisting district collectors were appointed as Prabhari officers.
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Earlier, Reuters reported that the government is likely that the government is poised to raise its public health spending by 11% to $8.2 billion (Rs 52,353 crore) in the India Budget 2018 next month. Reuters, quoting three unidentified senior government officials, reported that Health Minister J P Nadda sought a “bare minimum” budget of nearly $10 billion for 2018-19 — 33% higher than last year. His request was not approved: the health budget is expected to rise by 11% to $8.2 billion.
The 115 districts have been divided among Ministry of Home Affairs with 32 districts, Niti Aayog with 25 districts, Ministry of Panchayati Raj with two districts, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare with four districts, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with six districts, Ministry of Human Resource Development with seven districts, Ministry of Women and Child Development with four districts, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology with 13 districts, Ministry of Social Justice with two districts, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with three districts each, and Ministry of Rural Development monitoring six districts. Arun Jaitley will present the Budget 2018 on February 1.