Daily GK Update: 2nd February 2020

Budget 2020: Proposals for social welfare

  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her Budget 2020 speech, presented several proposals under three themes: aspirational society, economic development and caring society.
  • The FM split the ‘Caring for Society’ theme into three sections namely women, child and social welfare, culture and tourism, and environment and climate change.

Source: The Hindu

Budget 2020: FM Nirmala Sitharaman lays out Rs 99,300-crore blueprint to take education to next level

  • The Centre will soon announce a new education policy and the government has received over 2 lakh suggestions on it, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday.
  • Presenting the Budget for 2020-21, Sitharaman said Rs 99,300 crore has been allocated for the education sector and Rs 3,000 crore for skill development for the next fiscal.
  • Steps will be be taken to attract external commercial borrowing and FDI in the education sector, the finance minister said.
  • She further said the government plans to start a programme for urban local bodies to provide opportunities for internship to young engineers.
  • She also said National Police University and National Forensic University are being proposed, while planning to allow degree level full-fledged online education programme by institutions ranked in top 100.
  • The government has also proposed to attach medical colleges with district hospitals on PPP model to deal with shortage of doctors, she added.

The Economic Times

Budget 2020: FM Outlines Wellness, Water & Sanitation Goals; Empowers Jal Jeevan Mission

  • Presenting the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on Saturday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman talked about ‘Wellness, water and sanitation’- the second aspect of ‘Aspirational India’, one of the three themes of the budget. She stated that India had a holistic vision of healthcare that was aimed at the welfare of citizens. She highlighted the allocation for several health programmes such as ‘Mission Indradhanush’, PM Jan Arogya Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.
  • To sustain the ODF behaviour, she announced the ODF plus mission. Sitharaman also extensively dealt with the Jal Jeevan Mission. Furthermore, the Union Finance Minister declared the allocation of Rs.69,000 crore for the health sector.
Source: Republic World