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Most of Centre’s flagship welfare schemes preserve tempo regardless of slowdown

For occasion, about Rs 31,000 crore was transferred to ladies Jan Dhan account holders within the final monetary yr as Covid aid.

Notwithstanding the useful resource crunch resulting from financial slowdown, which worsened after Covid-19 outbreak, the Centre has largely saved the momentum of spending on its flagship schemes in recent times, particularly in FY21. In truth, the spending has accelerated on the agricultural job assure scheme (MGNREGA) and the schemes on pucca homes for the poor (PM Awas), social help to weaker sections (NSAP) and PM-Kisan, below which round 10 crore farmer households are being given Rs 6,000 every a yr.

In phrases of bodily achievement, some schemes have reached or are approaching saturation ranges – these embody the Swachh Bharat Mission (100%) designed to offer for bathrooms for households and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, meant to construct all-weather roads to nearly all unconnected habitations.

Saubhagya, the scheme for electrical energy connection to all households has additionally met the goal (close to 100% electrification) and so has the DBT-LPG scheme. This explains the decrease outlays for these schemes within the final couple of years – the Budget allocation for DBT-LPG scheme in FY22 is almost half of what was supplied in FY21. Of course, the subsidy on LPG has additionally acquired considerably lowered in recent times, partly depriving the goal inhabitants of the supposed profit.

Under Jan Dhan scheme, 42.37 crore individuals have opened no-frills financial institution accounts, however a bit of those are dormant accounts regardless that throughout the post-pandemic interval, these accounts enabled the federal government to switch money to the underprivileged. For occasion, about Rs 31,000 crore was transferred to ladies Jan Dhan account holders within the final monetary yr as Covid aid.

Many of the schemes reminiscent of MGNREGA, Ujjwala, NSAP and PM Awas Yojana have seen an enormous bounce in each bodily and monetary achievements in FY21 as further succour was supplied by the Centre to individuals affected by Covid-19 (see chart).

Even because the spending on these schemes have remained sturdy resulting in rise in income expenditure, the Centre has made an effort to extend high quality of spending recently by growing budgetary capital expenditure by 30% on yr to Rs 4.39 lakh crore in FY21RE.

For FY22, the Centre has allotted Rs 5.54 lakh crore for capex, which is 26% increased than FY21RE.

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