Union Budget 2023: FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces scheme to eradicate Sickle cell anaemia by 2047

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget 2023 on Wednesday, announced a scheme to eradicate Sickle cell anaemia, especially in tribal areas of the country, by 2047.

“A mission will be launched to eliminate sickle cell anaemia by 2047. The mission will entail awareness creation, universal screening of seven crore people in the 0-40 years age group in affected tribal areas and counselling through collaborative efforts of central ministries and state governments,” the Finance Minister said while presenting the budget in Lok Sabha.

Here are the other important announcements for the health sector:

  • As many as 157 new nursing colleges will be established in the core locations of the existing 157 medical colleges established since 2014.
  • Facilities of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) laboratories will be made available for research by public and private medical college faculty.
  • A new programme will also be unveiled to promote research and innovation in pharmaceuticals through centres of excellence.
  • The Union finance minister also mentioned the launch of the PM Primitive Vulnerable Tribal Group Development (PVTG) mission. In a major push for the tribal communities and to provide basic facilities, clean housing, health, nutrition, and connectivity, Rs 15,000 crore will be made available in the next three years for the PVTG mission action plan for scheduled tribes, said the finance minister.

She said safe housing and clean drinking water is our focus, adding that 38,800 teachers and other staffers will be recruited by the government for Eklavya schools (Eklavya schools are for tribal students).

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