The state government on Friday presented its fourth Budget on Friday in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
As per the budget:
- Rs 6.33 lakh public toilet blocks will be constructed in urban areas and 21.03 lakh blocks in rural areas, under the Swachh Maharashtra initiative.
- Rs 65 crore to be spent on poor pregnant women. Every pregnant woman to receive Rs 5,000 until last month of their pregnancy.
- National Snake Venom institute to be set up at Haffkine Institute, Mumbai.
- Mobile stalls will be given to physically challenged people for free.
- Provision of Rs 964 crore for implementation of centrally sponsored National Health Mission.
- Rs 3.5 crore earmarked for strengthening and upgradation of Haffkine Institute and establishment of National Venom Research Institute.
- A provision of Rs 65 crore for Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Scheme which is implemented for controlling infant and maternal mortality rates.
- A provision of Rs 576.05 Cr. for Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Abhiyaan has been made.
- A multi-speciality hospital to be setup in Sindhudurg district. Estimated cost Rs 20 crore.
- A provision of Rs 576.05 crore for Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Abhiyaan.
As per the budget, Rs 65 crores will be spent on poor pregnant women. Every pregnant woman will receive Rs 5,000 until last month of their pregnancy. Dr Niranjan Chavan, Professor, Gynaecology Department at LTMG (Sion) Hospital said, “This is a good decision by the government for the welfare of the mother and the child. Presently, through Janani Suraksha Yojanaa, Rs 700 are given for the mother within the next 7 days of the delivery. So, this allocation of money will take care of her food, supplementation, medications and so on.”
He added, “Through Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Scheme, on the 9th of every month, the government doctors including private medical gynaecologists and obstetricians are supposed to provide free service to the antenatal mothers. This will improve the maternal mortality rates and the deduction of infant mortality morbidity.”
Dr Abhijit More a co-convenor of the Jan Arogya Abhiyan Pune said, “Nothing concrete can be said based on budget speech. The budget speech doesn’t give any idea about scale of funding and allocations.”