The Finance Ministry of India has provided a grant worth ₹8453 crores to 19 states. The purpose of the grant is to encourage the health sector of India, especially the rural and urban local bodies. Further, the grant will help fill in the critical gaps in the health care system at the primary health care level.
The Ministry of Finance and Department of Expenditure released the grant as per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.
Distribution of the grant among the 19 states
The 15th Finance Commission has recommended the grant for the year 2021-22 to 2025-26. Above all, the total grant is ₹4,27911 crores to the local government.
Centre releases grant of Rs 8,453.92 cr to 19 states to strengthen health systems
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Among the 19 states are Andhra Pradesh (Rs 488.1527 cr), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 46.944 cr), Assam (Rs 272.2509 cr), Bihar (Rs 1116.3054 cr), Chhattisgarh (Rs 338.7944 cr), Himachal Pradesh (Rs 98.0099 cr), Jharkhand (Rs 444.3983 cr), Karnataka (Rs 551.53), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 922.7992), Maharashtra (Rs 778.0069 cr), Manipur (Rs 42.8771), Mizoram (Rs 31.19 cr), Odisha (Rs 461.7673 cr), Punjab (Rs 399.6558 cr), Rajasthan (Rs 656.171 cr), Sikkim (Rs 20.978 cr), Tamil Nadu (Rs 805.928 cr), Uttarakhand (Rs 150.0965 cr), and West Bengal (Rs 828.0694 cr).
The Finance Ministry released the grant to strengthen the health sector
Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry of India in an official notice said, “The grants recommended by the Commission inter-alia include health grants of Rs 70,051 crore. Out of this amount, Rs 43,928 crore have been recommended for Rural Local Bodies and Rs 26,123 crore for Urban Local Bodies”.
However, the Financial Ministry also stated, “Health grants that will release in the financial year 2021-22 is Rs 13,192 crore of which Rs 8,273 crore is for rural and Rs 4,919 crore is for urban local bodies”. Further, strengthening the local health sector will ensure them to participate in combatting severe epidemics and pandemics too. The local government will receive the benefit in terms of resources, health infrastructure and capacity building.