2014 Budget for Beginners: Jean Dreze

Some Keywords in the Finance Minister’s Speech
Keyword
Number of citations
Details
Investment
34
Growth
31
Children
0
(“girl child” is mentioned, and even gets Rs 100 cores!)
Integrated Child Development Services
0
Midday meals/school meals/MDM
0
Maternity/maternity entitlements
0
National Rural Health Mission
0
National food security act
0
Pensions (other than organized sector)
0
Social security
1
“Government is fully committed to the social security and welfare of
employees serving in the organized sector.”
Food security
2
“Food Security: 91. Government is committed to reforms in the food sector. Restructuring FCI, reducing transportation and distribution losses and efficacy of PDS would be taken up on priority. 92. Government is also committed to provide wheat and rice at reasonable prices to the weaker sections of the society. Even if due to inadequate rainfall there is a marginal decline in agriculture production, stocks in the Central pool are adequate to meet any exigency. Government shall, when required, undertake open market sales to keep prices under control.”
Nutrition
2
“Malnutrition: 72. A national programme in Mission Mode is urgently required to halt the deteriorating malnutrition situation in India, as present interventions are not adequate. A comprehensive strategy including detailed methodology, costing,
time lines and monitorable targets will be put in place within six months.”
NREGA/employment guarantee
2
“MGNREGA: 47. The Government is committed to providing wage and self-employment opportunities in rural areas. However, wage employment would be provided under MGNREGA through works that are more productive, asset creating and substantially linked to agriculture and allied activities.”
Sanitation
3
30. The need for sanitation is of utmost importance. Although the Central Government is providing resources within its means, the task of total sanitation cannot be achieved without the support of all. The Government intends to cover every household by total sanitation by the year 2019… through Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan.”

 
 
 

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