How Much Did Indian Govt Spend On Covid-19 With World's 4th Lowest Health Budget?

India is the 3rd largest country in Asia and the 7th largest country in the world with a population of 130 crores (approx) making it the second most populated country. Having such amazing specs the country should even have such facilities to sustain this huge population. Every country allots a budget to particular sectors for a smooth functioning. These sectors involve defence budget, health budget, union budget, etc. Recently during the cold war with China and Pakistan, India has increased their military budget by 7% and now it is the third biggest military budget in the world. The Annual Financial Statement of the Central Government for the year 2020–21, The Finance Bill, 2020 is ₹24.23 trillion (US$340 billion) out of which Rs.60,000 Crore is allotted for the Health sector. Now speaking of the devil, India’s health care budget is the 4th lowest in the world. Currently, India is ranked 129 out of 158 countries in the commitment to reducing inequality (CRI) index by Oxfam, ''spent just 4% of it's budget on health going into the pandemic''.

People standing in Queue

The government has recently reported an increase in the recovery rate of Covid 19 patients but the country has failed in terms of fighting inequality in the time of Covid 19 crisis. Spending low on healthcare facilities and poor access to healthcare for more than 50% of the population being the only sole reason. It is suggested to spend atleast 15% of the yearly budget on the health sector, especially during these rugged conditions. According to a survey conducted it is recorded that only 26 among the 158 countries were spending the suggested 15% on health sector to fight the novel coronavirus. India is experiencing a rapid covid19 infection and is among the world’s worst-performing countries in tackling inequality going into the pandemic.

Even worsening the situation, many state governments have increased the labour's working hours from 8 t o 12 hours a day by cutting the wages by almost half, violating the minimum pay legislation, devastating the livelihoods of many poor workers.

“The least they could do is isolate themselves. They are more likely to possess pre-existing poor health, making them more likely to die. Economically, it is ordinary people who are losing their jobs in their tens of millions and have to face huge levels of hunger and hardship”.

Workers working during the Pandemic

The current stats state that recoveries have crossed 79 lakh and the current active cases are 7.91 Million.