Lok Sabha
today took up the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare today.  Twenty two members spoke on the issue raising
their concerns about reduction in budget allocations to the Ministry
among other things. The Minister, Mr. Nadda in his reply pointed out
that Rs. 1,78,000 crores was devolved to the states as per the 14th Finance
Commission’s recommendation.  The Minister reaffirmed the Centre’s
assistance to states on the issue of health, which is a state subject. 
The Minister stated that the Ministry was currently consulting experts
from the health sector and Medical Council of India to increase the
number of doctors.  The Ministry is also working towards improving its
immunization programmed by 5-6% per year.

The
demands for grants of six ministries have been discussed by the lower
house, while all other were passed without discussion i.e. guillotined
at the end of the day.

The following graph shows the percentage of Demands for Grants guillotined against percentage of Demands for Grants discussed. 

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Snapshot of Demands for Grants:

 

2015-16

Total

1387654.23

Demands for Grants - Discussed

112169.82

Demands for Grants - Guillotined

1275484.41

                                                                All figures in crores

The table below summarizes the Demands for Grants discussed and voted during this Session:

 

Ministry

Total Allocated (in Crores)

% of Total Demands for Grants

Time

Number of participants

Water and Sanitation

6243.87

0.45%

3:55

66

Chemicals and Fertilizers

255.18

0.02%

4:22

66

Human Resource Development

69794.5

5.03%

4:30

74

Home Affairs

1570

0.11%

5:16

71

Environment and Forests & Climate Change

1937.6

0.14%

4:02

77

Health and Family Welfare

32368.67

2.33%

3:00

22*

*Number includes only those Members who spoke on the issue today

Rajya
Sabha began discussion on the Working of Ministry of Law and Justice.
Members discussed issues related to high pendency of cases before the
courts, vacancy of Judges, infrastructure requirements of courts,
judicial accountability and appointments among other things.

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