"Jumla Budget"

Budgetary charades

Print edition : March 01, 2019

At a construction site. The pension scheme announced for workers in the unorganised sector is actually a savings scheme without any substantial government contribution. Photo: T. Singaravelou

Patients outside a hospital in Hyderabad. Only nominal additions have been made in the Budget to the already paltry allocations in 2018-19 for the National Health Mission and the Maternity Benefit Scheme. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Budget 2019-20 is a “jumla”, and little thought has gone into formulating the schemes it has announced such as the largesse to “vulnerable landholding families” and pension for 10 crore workers in the unorganised sector.
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