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Congress party election manifesto- What’s on the health agenda?

The Indian National Congress party last Wednesday released an election manifesto detailing its achievements over the past ten years as well as its future agenda .Over the past couple of years, the Congress party-led government has been attacked with allegations of corruption and has faced intense criticism over constant price rises.In December last year, the party suffered heavy defeats in four state elections, chiefly to the Bharatiya Janata Party.congress_650_032614050108.jpg

The document contained a critique of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.The manifesto deals with legislations that the party proposes .Some of the key points in health included are:

  • The party promises access to health services for all citizens, based on a combination of public provision and social insurance.

  • India’s current spending on public health is just 1.4 percent of gross domestic product, according to 2011 World Bank. They aim to increase spending to 3%.

  • The National Rural Health Mission will be implemented with an even greater sense of urgency. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) introduced by the Congress-led UPA Government offers health insurance for poor families. The  party pledges that every family living below the poverty line will be covered by the RSBY over the next three years.

  • Every district headquarters hospital will be upgraded to provide quality health facilities to all.

  • Functional toilets will be ensured for every school and household.

  • They will introduce a three-year diploma course in public health.

  • By 2020, their target is to create 6o lakh new jobs in the health sector.

The BJP has said the work on its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls was in the final stages and the document would be finalised soon. We will be sharing that on our site as well.

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