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Budget 2022: FM Mentioned about Mental Health & we are thankful!

Budget 2022: Mental health to Women Empowerment, Major takeaways 


Highlights:

  • Takeaways on mental health
  • Takeaways on women empowerment
  • Takeaways on education sector

On 1 February, 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2022. This time the issues like mental health, women empowerment remained the highlights of the budget 2022.

Here are some of the issues that were  touched in Budget 2022 that should be applauded.

Union Budget 2022: Takeaways on mental health

When the pandemic had  hit India, significant issues related to mental health also saw an amplification.

As per the reports of The Lancet, “Condition mental health in India before Covid were already grim as 1 in 7 Indians had mental disorders, varying the severity in 2017. Indians accounted for 26.6% of global suicides in 2016. However, the pandemic has resulted in mental health issues varying from time-limited distress, mild to progressive, chronic, and severely disabling conditions.”

On the other hand, the availability of psychiatrists and mental health experts is still very low who can appropriately address the issue. India has 0.25 psychiatrists per lakh population. This is very low in comparison to other countries in the sub-continent, according to the World Health Organization.

Keeping the present situation in mind, a rare mention of mental health has been witnessed in the Union Budget 2022. To curb the repercussions of the pandemic, a National Tele mental health program will be launched.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget, said a National Tele-mental health program will be launched for mental health counselling. IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology) Bangalore will provide tech support for the program.

 She also said an open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem will be rolled out.

 “It will consist of digital registries of health providers and health facilities, unique health identity, and universal access to health facilities,” she said.

Union Budget 2022: Takeaways on women empowerment

Women empowerment also remained one of the major highlights of this Union Budget 2022. “Recognising the importance of ‘Nari Shakti’, three schemes were launched to provide integrated development for children and women,” the FM said while presenting the budget in Parliament.

For women-led development, the government has launched ‘Mission Shakti’, ‘Mission Vatsalya’, and ‘Poshan 2.0’.

A new generation Anganwadi, Saksham Anganwadi has better infrastructure and audio-visual aids covered by clean energy and provides improved environments for early childhood developments. 2 lakh anganwadis will be upgraded under the scheme, FM Sitharaman added.

As per the Ministry of Women and Child Development, according to the 2011 census, women and children constitute 67.7% of the country’s population.

Union Budget 2022: Takeaways on education sector

Probably the education sector is one of the sectors which has been affected the most in these pandemic years. Therefore, for the skilling, upskilling, and reskilling of our youth, a digital DESH e-portal will be launched.

1 class, 1 TV channel will be increased from 12 to 200 TV channels to provide supplementary education in regional language for classes 1 to 12.

A digital university will be developed to provide access to students for world-class quality education with ISTE standards.

The finance minister said the country is expected to grow at 9.2 percent in the current financial year, on the back of a sharp rebound in the economy. What are your views on these highlights?

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