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The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that one of the major priorities of the present Government is to make an extensive social welfare system which will focus primarily on better education system and effective healthcare especially for the children, women and senior citizens of the country. He said that as the allocation of resources to the Social Sector by the Government is increasing with time, therefore, the need of the hour is to bring substantial changes in Social sector through better policies and their timely implementation. The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was speaking during his Third Pre -Budget Consultative Meeting for the Union Budget 2017-18 with the representatives of different Social Sector Groups.
The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley further said that the inclusive growth is high on the priority of the present Government and the Government will take adequate measures to ensure social security for all especially for the vulnerable section of society including the children, women and senior citizens of the country.
Most of the Social Sector representatives gave different suggestions to the Finance Minister for the forthcoming Union Budget 2017-18. Major suggestions include that in the next Budget, allocation to social sector schemes must be increased and a mechanism be established to monitor proper implementation of all such schemes. It was suggested to monitor to ensure that the schools have access to safe drinking water & sanitation. Other suggestions include more focus in the Budget on healthcare for the workers especially those working in mining sector etc. It was also suggested that vacancies of Doctors, nurses and teachers must be filled so that these public services remain unaffected. There is strong need to strengthen DIETS and quality of primary and secondary education in the country. Various suggestions came about increasing allocation on education and healthcare sectors in the upcoming General Budget 2017-18. It was also suggested that all the tobacco products should be highly taxed primarily because of health concerns.
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