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Economic Survey 2022 | Social service spending increases to 8.6% of GDP; health gains, education flat

Education allocation by both the Centre and states remained static at 3.1 percent of the GDP, while health expenditure went up to 2.1 percent from 1.8 percent in the year-ago period

January 31, 2022 / 04:31 PM IST
University campus | Representative image

University campus | Representative image

The government spending on the social services sector, including health and education, went up in the pandemic year, with the Centre and state governments together earmarking 8.6 percent of GDP for it in the current fiscal, the Economic Survey 2021-22 released on January 31 said.

This spending was 8.3 percent in FY21 and 6.7 percent in the year before.

In the social service sector, the allocation for education by both the Centre and states remained static at 3.1 percent of the GDP, while health expenditure increased to 2.1 percent in 2021-22 from 1.8 percent in the year-ago period.

The “other” segment, which includes sanitation, labour welfare, housing and urban development, saw an outlay of 3.3 percent of the GDP, less than 3.4 percent in 2020-21.