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Odisha Budget place huge bets on health, tourism

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Total outgo at Rs 1.5 lakh crore

Odisha presented a Budget with an outlay(Odisha Budget place huge bets on health, tourism) of Rs 1.5 lakh crore, keeping to its goal of fiscal consolidation and attaching emphasis on health, tourism and IT.

A(Odisha Budget place huge bets on health, tourism) total sum of Rs 7,700 crore is allocated for public health care, which is an increase of about 14 percent over previous year Rs 1,108 crore is provided under the scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana for free Medical facilities with coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family in case of male members and up to Rs 10 lakh per family in case of female beneficiaries.

Provision of Rs 578 crore has been made under Mukhyamantri Swasthya Seva Mission for building health infrastructure and services.

Besides(Odisha Budget place huge bets on health, tourism), Rs 1,652 crore has been provided for National Health Mission while Rs 360 crore is proposed for maintaining the quality of sanitation, laundry, security, gardening & lift services in public health facilities under the Nirmal Scheme.

A sum of Rs 1000 crore is intended to be invested over the next two years to transform SCB Medical College into a state-of-art facility. Moreover, Rs 562 crore is proposed for seven new Government Medical Colleges at Puri, Jajpur and Keonjhar, Bhawanipatna, Sundargarh (by NTPC), Talcher (by MCL) and Kandhamal.

That apart, Rs 47 crore is provided for the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme and 220 new posts of doctors and paramedics have been created for ESI Hospitals at Bhubaneswar and Angul.

A provision of Rs 220 crore has been made under the Asian Development Bank assisted Odisha Skill Development Project to bring up a World Skill Centre in Bhubaneswar.

That apart, s sum of Rs 199 crore has been allocated for infrastructure development of Technological Universities and Engineering Colleges, Engineering Schools, Polytechnics and ITIs.

For industrial development, Rs 575 crore allocated for the development of the Industries sector and attracting investment- Allocation Doubled.

Besides, Technological platforms like GO SWIFT, GO SMILE, GO PLUS, and GO CARE are used for improving Ease of Doing Business. An allocation of ₹284 crore Financial Assistance to IDCO for development of industrial infrastructure v An outlay of Rs 200 crore is made for Handloom, Handicrafts, Sericulture and Textile sectors and Rs 250 crore is provided for MSME sector.

That apart, allocation of Rs 182 crore has been made for the Mining sector including Rs 43 crore for i3MS and Rs 73 crore for Mineral Exploration & Auction.

On social security, a provision of Rs 1718 crore is made under Madhubabu Pension Yojana and Rs 928 crore for National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) for Old Age, Widow and Disability Pensions at the rate of Rs 500 per month for beneficiaries below 80 years of age and Rs 700 per month for beneficiaries above 80 years of age. About 48 lakh beneficiaries are covered under the scheme.

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