Kerala Budget:- Kerala Finance Minister K. N Balagopal during the New Kerala Budget Session announced the Rs20,000 crore second covid package to tackle the second wave of coronavirus aroused. Besides that, the Pinarayi government has also allotted an amount of Rs.1000 crore for providing Free Vaccination services to all above 18 years across the State.
The Covid 19 Stimulus package consists of Criteria to be taken care of and anticipated. The package includes Rs.2800 crore to handle the health emergency situation and an amount of Rs.8900 crore will be dispensed among those who are facing livelihood issues. K.N Balagopal’s predecessor, T M Thomas Issac had already presented the proposal of the Kerala Budget In the last February. And after the LDF government won the current State Assembly elections and was back to power, this budget was solely a continuance of Issac’s Proposal in February. In the long run, the budget provides great succour to sectors ranging from Tourism to the revival of Coastal areas.
Though the budget set for certain sectors remain unchanged, the current finance minister had to scheme in an additional amount for free vaccination of the citizens.
The budget focuses mainly on building and strengthening up the health sector through various initiatives and policies including introduction of isolation wards for contagious or communicable diseases at all health centres, district, taluk and general hospitals, building up of different and separate blocks in medical college hospitals for tackling any communicable diseases, implementation of liquid medical oxygen plant of 150 tonnes capacity.
As per a report, the Kerala finance minister told the media, “The Current health emergency existing is a challenge for the state in terms of the amid surge in the covid cases and the developmental prospects of the State”. The proposed Budget acts as Mitigation in the pandemic and provides the people with food and other basic necessities concerned.