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Prime Ministerís Secretary Panels' Recommendations on Health and Education

by Shirley Johanna on March 17, 2016 at 6:46 PM
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Prime Ministerís Secretary Panels' Recommendations on Health and Education

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%.

Education

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  • 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.
Health
  • 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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