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Centre to increase expenditure on public health, labs to be set up in all districts: FM

Finance Minister said that the government will be making additional investments to prepare India for future pandemics.

May 17, 2020 / 03:29 PM IST

Detailing the measures for easing economic hardships triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced steps taken under MGNREGA, health and education, business during COVID-19, de-criminalisation of Companies Act, ease of doing business, public sector enterprise-related matters and resources related to state governments.

Speaking about initiatives taken under health reforms, Finance Minister announced that Centre will increase public health expenditure to deal with the pandemic.

She also said that the government will be making additional investments to prepare India for future pandemics.

"The government will build 'Infectious Diseases Hospital Blocks' in all districts," Sitharaman said, adding that investments will be made to ramp up health and wellness centres in rural and urban areas.