An amount of Rs 7,485 crore has been allocated for the health sector as part of Rs 60,000 crore budget presented by the Delhi Government recently in the Assembly. The Government allocated Rs 588 crore for construction of new hospitals and re-modelling of existing ones in the budget.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented budget for 2019-20 in Delhi Assembly on Tuesday, laying emphasis on the education, health and transport sectors.
“I propose a total outlay of Rs 7,485 crore on the health sector for 2019-20. This includes revenue budget of Rs 6,462 crore and capital budget of Rs 1,023 crore. An amount of Rs 3,737 crore is earmarked for implementation of various schemes, programmes and projects under the health sector,” Sisodia said.
He said the Drugs Control Department has adopted a “zero-tolerance” approach towards pharmaceutical drug abuse and taken stringent action against defaulters.
“The department has cancelled or suspended 386 drug licenses of manufacturing units and sales premises till December 2018, who were found violating norms,” he said.
The proposed outlay of Rs 3,737 crore in 2019-20 for various projects is 45.07 per cent higher than the revised estimates of Rs 2,576 crore in the health sector in 2018-19, he said.
The budget also said 189 Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics have been set up and 333 more such clinics will be set up by the end of June 2019.
“Our target is to set up 1,000 ‘mohalla clinics’. Similarly, 25 polyclinics are in operation and 94 more dispensaries are being remodelled to start polyclinics to provide specialised health care to citizens. An outlay of Rs 375 crore is proposed for ‘mohalla clinics’ and Polyclinics in 2019-20,” Sisodoa said.
An outlay of Rs 588 crore has also been proposed for construction of new hospitals and re-modelling of existing Delhi government hospitals, the deputy chief minister said.