Cancer drug prices and heart procedure tools to be cheaper in state’s budget
GN Bureau | March 19, 2015
Maharashtra government has taken some innovative steps in its budget to make health an important issue in daily life
Most of the aliments (blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases) are due to lack of proper lifestyle. As a first step in promoting healthy lifestyle through physical exercise the government will establish public gyms across the state. As part of its streamlining exercise, the government has merged the National Rural Health Mission, National Urban Health Mission and 11 other disease-control programmes into the National Health Mission and provided an outlay of Rs 1,996 crore.
The budget unveiled on Wednesday also exempted sales tax levy on certain medicines required for the treatment of cancer. The list of medicine will be notified. Similarly the tax on the guide wire used to treat heart patients has been reduced from 12.5% to 5%.
The government has provided Rs 300 crore for the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana.
To ensure transport to hospitals and reduce infant-mortality rate, the government will provide 70 ambulances for newborn infants.
A national institute of pharmacy education and research is to be set up at Nagpur and a comprehensive master plan for developing the city's government medical college has been prepared.
The government plans to improve facilities to upgrade postgraduate medical programmes in government medical colleges at Pune, Aurangabad, Akola, Ambejogai, Solapur, Miraj, Sangli, Dhule, Yavatmal, Latur and Nagpur and has provided Rs 20 crore for the purpose.
The Art of Conjuring Alternate Realities: How Information Warfare Shapes Your World By Shivam Shankar Singh and Anand Venkatanarayanan HarperCollins / 284 pages / Rs 599 Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and public intellectual, has often spoken of &ls
The brutal second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has left a significant death toll in its wake. Health experts advise that the imminent third wave can be delayed by following simple measures like wearing a mask and engaging in social distancing. However, near the end of the second wave, we witnesse
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has emphasised deciding driving hours for truck drivers of commercial vehicles, similar to pilots, to reduce fatigue-induced road accidents. In a Na
In a step towards Telecom Reforms which aim to provide internet and tele connectivity for the marginalised section, the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communica
Raising concerns over rising seawater levels and climate change, Mumbai First, a 25-year-old public-private partnership policy think tank, has written letters to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, minister for environment and climate change, tourism and protocol, Aditya Thackeray and Mumbai munic
After the recent announcement of the government guarantee for Security Receipts (SRs) to be issued by a public sector-owned National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL), there is a surge of interest around this desi version of a super bad bank. The entity will acquire around ₹2 trillion bad debts fr