The Union IT and Communication minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on February 6 mentioned that, “the union budget for 2021-22 fiscal has more focused on spending to build infrastructure and boost the economic growth of India”.
Asserting that the union budget was historic as it was presented in the backdrop of the COVID-19 challenges, he asserted Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman emphasised on the health sector and increased its allocation by 137 per cent.
The minister stated that, the budget should be seen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the announcement of Rs 27 lakh crore Atma Nirbhar Bharat scheme.
However, The union government has increased the budgetary outlay for health and wellbeing to over Rs 2.23 lakh crore from an estimated allocation of around Rs 94,000 crore in the current fiscal.
He also stated that, “the allocation of Rs 64,180 crore for Atma Nirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana will help open new critical care hospitals and medical facilities across the Nation.
The minister added that the union budget focused on providing safe drinking water, cleanliness and addressing the issue of malnutrition.
The government has also allocated Rs 35,000 crore for COVID vaccination programme, adding the finance minister made it clear that the Centre will provide more fund if required, PTI news agency reported.
Moreover, Keeping in mind the importance of safe drinking water to make people healthy, he said the government has allocated Rs 2.87 lakh crore to the Jal Jeevan Mission.
It will help universal water supply in all 4,378 urban local bodies with 2.86 crore household tap water connections.
Asserting that the Narendra Modi government is committed to the development of farmers and also to double their income, He said that the budget has arranged for disbursement of Rs 16.05 lakh crore as farm loan.
The union government has provided Rs 5.54 lakh crore for capital expenditure as against the allocation of Rs 4.21 lakh crore in the current fiscal.
The minister was accompanied by legislator Arun Kumar Sinha, BJP’s state headquarters in-charge Suresh Rungta and other leaders at the press meet.