Budget 2008-09 @ health
- Dear friendsPlease find enclosed salient points of budget for health sector. Please focus on health insurance scheme. This is really good initiativeCommentsNiraj! Health Sector: Rs.16,534 crore allocated, for the sector marking an increase of
15% over 2007-08.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM): 462,000 Associated Social Health
Activitists have been trained, 177,924 villages have sanitation committees functional
and 323 district Hospitals have been taken up for upgradation. Allocation to NRHM
has been increased to Rs. 12,050 crore.
! HIV/AIDS: The National Aids Control Programme provided Rs.993 crore.
! Polio: Drive to eradicate polio continues with revised strategy and focus on the
high risk districts in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Rs. 1,042 crore allocated in 2008-09.
! Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana : Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to provide
health cover of Rs.30,000 for every worker in the unorganised sector falling under
the BPL category and his/her family. The Yojana will be launched in Delhi and in
the States of Haryana and Rajasthan on April 1, 2008. Rs.205 crore provided as the
Centre's share of the premia in 2008-09.
! National Programme for the Elderly: National Programme for the Elderly to be
started in 2008-09 with a Plan outlay of Rs.400 crore. Two National Institutes of
Ageing, eight regional centres, and a department for geriatric medical care in one
medical college/tertiary level hospital in each State to be established during the
Eleventh Plan period.
! Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS): Allocation for ICDS enhanced
from Rs.5,293 crore in 2007-08 to Rs.6,300 crore in 2008-09; Remuneration of
Anganwadi workers being increased from Rs.1,000 per month to Rs.1,500 per
month; remuneration of Anganwadi Helpers increased from Rs.500 per month to
Rs.750 per month; over 18 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers to benefit; 5,959
ICDS projects and 932,000 Anganwadi and mini-Anganwadi centres functional
under ICDS at the end of December 2007.! Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission: Allocation for Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water
Mission enhanced to Rs.7,300 crore in 2008-09 as against Rs.6,500 crore in
! Total Sanitation Campaign to be provided Rs.1,200 crore in 2008-09.
! Desalination Plant near Chennai: Rs.300 crore in 2008-09 for a desalination plant
near Chennai to be set up under public private partnership.
Self Help Groups
! Life Insurance Corporation of India being asked to scale up Janashree Bima Yojana
scheme to cover all women self help groups that are credit-linked to the banks; of
Rs. 500 crore proposed to be contributed to the corpus of the Social Security Fund
with annual contributions to be made as the scheme is scaled up.
! Unorganised Sector Workers: In anticipation of the Unorganised Sector Workers'
Social Security Bill, 2007 being made into law, three schemes designed to provide
social security to workers in unorganised sector in a phased manner introduced;
(i) Aam Admi Bima Yojana to provide insurance cover to poor households; in the
first year of the Yojana, LIC to cover one crore landless households by September
30, 2008; Rs.1,500 crore placed with LIC; Additional sum of Rs.1,000 crore to be
placed with LIC in 2008-09 to cover another one crore poor households in the
(ii) Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to be implemented with effect from April 1,
2008; Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme enlarged with effect from
November 19, 2007 to include all persons over 65 years falling under the BPL
category expanding beneficiary cover from 87 lakh to 157 lakh; Rs. 3,443 crore
being allocated in 2008-09 as against Rs.2,392 crore in 2007-08.