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Being poor in India is a strange phenomenon. By sheer numbers one actually belongs to the majority, but by how the country runs, one is anywhere between completely neglected and transiently acknowledg...
While some may find it shocking, there are times when India's parliamentarians do a good job. One such group of MPs has been in the limelight recently: the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare, chaired by Uttar Pradesh MP Prof Ram Gopal Yadav. Following are some significant points from a 170-page report (PDF) submitted by the committee on 27 April.
While all this ruthna and manana is going on, we have slowly become tolerant of issues that should actually bother us. Take healthcare for example. India is a home to 17.5% of the world's population. Unfortunately, we also account for a whopping 20% of all the global burden of disease. In spite of a continuing health crisis, in the 2015-16 budget the government allocated just Rs 33,150 crore -- about 4.2% of GDP -- for healthcare, of which only 1.2% is for public health spending.