Latest : Union Budget Highlights

  • Govt’s budget for health, education and social security increased to Rs 1.38 lakh crore for 2018-19 from Rs 1.22 lakh crore in current fiscal.
  • Govt identifies 115 “aspirational districts” to make them model districts of development.
  • Government is slowly but steadily progressing towards universal health coverage: FM.
  • Govt to set up 24 new medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading district level ones.
  • Govt to allocate Rs 600 crore towards the nutritional support of tuberculosis patients.
  • Govt to launch flagship National Health Protection scheme to cover 10 crores poor and vulnerable, people. The 10 cr families will be provided Rs 5 lakh cover per family per year for treatment.
  • Rs 1,200 crore to be allocated for Ayushman Bharat programme in 2018-19.
  • Two new schools of planning and architecture to be set up; 18 more in IITs and NIITs.
  • By 2022, every block with more than 50 percent ST population will have Ekalvya schools at par with Navodaya Vidyalayas.
  • To increase digital intensity in education; to move from Blackboard to digital board.
  • Education to be treated holistically without segmentation from class nursery to 12th.
  • We have managed to get children to school but the quality of education still a concern, says Jaitley.
  • The focus of the government will be to provide maximum livelihood projects in rural areas.
  • Govt to substantially increase allocation under national livelihood mission to Rs 5,750 cr in next fiscal, says FM.
  • Govt to establish a dedicated affordable housing fund under National Housing Bank for priority sector lending.
  • One crore houses to be built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in rural areas.
  • Over six crore toilets built under Swachh Bharat Mission; govt to build another two crore toilets: FM
  • Govt to provide free LPG connection to 8 crores women under Ujjwala scheme, up from the earlier target of 5 crores.

  • Rs 16,000 cr to be spent on providing electrical connection to 4 cr poor households.
  • Special scheme to support efforts of Haryana, Punjab, UP and Delhi to tackle air pollution through the use of in-situ machinery for disposing of crop residue.
  • Govt to set up fisheries and aquaculture infra fund and animal husbandry infra fund with an outlay of Rs 10,000 Cr.
  • Institutional credit to agriculture to be raised to Rs 11 lakh cr in 2018-19.
  • Surplus power produced by solar-powered generators used by farmers will be bought by state distribution utilities.
  • Govt to restructure national bamboo mission with an outlay of Rs 1,290 Cr.
  • Kisan credit card facility extended to fisheries and animal husbandry sectors.
  • Govt to allocate Rs 500 cr for ‘operation green’ to promote FPOs, agri logistics, and processing.

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