Centre releases ₹8,453.92 cr grant to 19 states to strengthen health systems

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Centre releases ₹8,453.92 cr grant to 19 states to strengthen health systems

The Centre has released ₹8,453.92 crore as a health sector grant for rural and urban local bodies of 19 states to “strengthen health systems and plug critical gaps in the health care system” at the primary health care level, the Union ministry of finance said on Saturday. The finance ministry said in a release that the grant was released by the department of expenditure as per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.

“The Fifteenth Finance Commission (FC-XV) in its Report for the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26 has recommended a total grant of Rs.4, 27,911 crore to local governments. The grants recommended by the Commission inter-alia include health grants of Rs.70, 051 crore. Out of this amount, ₹43,928 crore have been recommended for Rural Local Bodies and ₹26,123 crore for Urban Local Bodies,” according to the finance ministry’s release. The health grants to the remaining nine states will be released after their proposals are received from the respective states through the Union ministry of health and family welfare, the release also said.

The finance ministry said that the commission has also identified interventions that will “directly lead to strengthening the primary health infrastructure and facilities in both rural and urban areas and has earmarked grants for each intervention.”