ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Sinking Flagships and Health Budgets in India

The centre's attempt to increase spending on public health by hiking allocations to its National Rural Health Mission programme has failed because the states have responded by reducing their expenditure. Instead of decentralising expenditure on health, the centre has taken control of a larger share of resources for the sector, which have not been adequately utilised even for the priority programmes. The irony is that those who deliver care, understand the situation and can plan and budget have no role in decision-making while the decision-makers have no idea of the ground realities.

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