Eight Groups of Secretaries were appointed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January to suggest ways to boost growth in various sectors with departmental Action Plans for "implementation in a timebound manner". The final report calls for higher expenditure on health and education. Increase public expenditure on education to 6% of GDP from 3.85% and on health to 2.5% from 1.2%.
‘The final report from PM's eight groups of secretaries suggests to increase public expenditure on education and health.’
- Introduction of new scheme "Unique National Initiative for Quality and Universal Education (UNIQUE)" from 2016 through outcome-based funding to states to upgrade teaching in classes 1 to 12.
- Under UNIQUE, 80% of the funding will be based on a state's needs and 20% on the state's performance.
- Vocationalization of school education after class 8 with mobility to and from conventional streams.
- A new all-India or state-level entrance test for B.Ed courses from 2017-18 to improve teacher training and education were also among the suggestions made by this group.
- Rs 10,000 crore Universal Life and Health Assurance Scheme (ULHAS), with life insurance of Rs 2 Lakh and health coverage of Rs 50,000. Free for 10 crore deprived families.
- New vaccines for diarrhea and pneumonia with 75% coverage. Strengthen school health program with 90% coverage in 3 years.
- Increase professor-student ratio to 1:3 at PG level (5,000 seats in 2016). Tele doctors through call center (1 center per state in one year).
- Provide 300 free drugs at all government-run hospitals, Jan Aushadhi model in all district hospitals in 2 years.
- Implementation of basic diagnostic facilities at all public health centers on PPP (public private partnership) mode.
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