The budgeted expenditure on health has reached 2.2 per cent of GDP, against the 2025 target of 2.5 per cent set by the National Health Policy 2017
The finance minister has taken a pragmatic approach in the last full budget before the general election next year. There is a clear departure from the past three budgets, where the focus was on cushioning the adverse impact created on the poor and rural areas, post-pandemic. The Union Budget 2023-24 largely ring-fences financial outlays made to various social sectors, and it is reflected in nominal increases and consolidation of schemes and programmes to make them more effective.
It is anticipated that actual spends would be more demand-driven in key schemes such as MNREGA and the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), with the government retaining the recourse to supplementary budgets during the year. The green growth agenda announced in the current
First Published: Feb 03 2023 | 06:00 AM IST