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Social Sector Expenditures in the 1990s

This paper focuses on social sector expenditure in the 1990s, and looks at several aspects, including overall levels of allocation, expenditure on health and education and interstate disparities. India's social sector expenditure in the 1990s was lower than that in the 1980s and also less than that of most other developing countries. With India ranking 115th in the Human Development Index, there is an obvious need to step up social sector expenditure and improve fund utilisation.

The Budget: Wrong Priorities in Health

Because vocal, visible metropolitan India is relatively well-served, there is a general sense that the country is over the hump – communicable diseases are a thing of the past. This has brought about a transformation in the way they are treated. For instance, cases of malaria are no longer a public health concern, but a matter for the neighbourhood doctor and pathology laboratories. Leprosy impinges on people’s consciousness only as what happens to the less fortunate. And TB is too personal to even talk about, but is entirely curable.
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