New Delhi: As expected, the Union Budget 2021-2022 has some major development for Health infrastructure in the covid-19 hit country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the budget announced a new Centre-sponsored scheme which aims to invest Rs 64,180 crore to boost health infrastructure across the country amid the covid-19 pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousand people across the world.
The finance minister said that Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana will develop the capacity for primary, secondary and tertiary care health systems in the country.
"Even at the outset investment in health infrastructure in this budget increased substantially progressively as institutions observe more. Taking a holistic approach, we focus on strengthening three areas- preventing, curative and well being. Health system a new Centrally sponsored scheme PM Atmanirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana will be launched with an outlay of ₹64,180 crore," she said.
"Over six years, this will develop the capacity for primary, secondary, and tertiary care health systems and strengthen national institutions and create new institutions to cater and cure new and emerging diseases. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission," she added.
Ms Sitharaman termed six pillars -- health and well being, physical and financial capital and infrastructure, inclusive development for aspirational India, reinvigorating human capital, innovation and R&D, minimum government, and maximum governance -- as the foundation of Union Budget for the financial year 2021-22.
She added that the total financial impact of all AtmaNirbharBharat packages was estimated to be about Rs 27.1 lakh crore, with an amount of more than 13 per cent of GDP.