Where is the money for Modicare?

Where is the money for Modicare?
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Mocking at the Central government’s budget, CPM central committee member Prakash Karat asked, “How the Centre could implement its new public health policy – National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), also known as Modicare - for the poor across the country with a meager amount of Rs 2,000 crores against the experts’ estimation cost of Rs 1 lakh crores.”  

Nalgonda: Mocking at the Central government’s budget, CPM central committee member Prakash Karat asked, “How the Centre could implement its new public health policy – National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), also known as Modicare - for the poor across the country with a meager amount of Rs 2,000 crores against the experts’ estimation cost of Rs 1 lakh crores.”

On Monday, the second day of CPM’s second State-level meeting in Nalgonda, he inaugurated photo exhibition in the premises of Laxmi Garden. Karat pointed out that while petrol and diesel rates were increased by nine times after Modi came to power at the Centre, only Rs 2 was reduced by decreasing the cess in the budget. The Finance Minister had announced mammoth programmes in the Central budget without proper funds allocation.

“How can you provide MSP (minimum support price) to farm produces without making sufficient allocations to the ministry concerned,” he questioned the Centre. Stating that conducting simultaneous elections to both states and Centre was against the spirit of Constitution and undemocratic, the CPM leader said except BJP, all parties were against the move.

Party will announce it’s political stand with regard to alliances and other steps before the elections to defeat the BJP, Karat informed. After studying local political situations, Bahujana Left Front (BLF) will be expanded in other states wherever necessary, he added.

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