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UP Budget Earmarks Huge Sums of ‘Health For All’ Endeavor



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The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, in its budget for 2021-22, has put due emphasis on the improvement of health infrastructure and earmarked a huge some for the sector in its ‘Health for All’ endeavour.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has consistently been vocal about taking the health services to the last person of the society. The government has made several budget provisions to strengthen the health infrastructure and also provided the latest technology for treatment.

As the vaccination process is about to enter the third phase of the drive, the government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore for the vaccination scheme.

Reckoning the National Rural Health Mission Budget as an important tool to spread health facilities in rural parts of the State, a provision of Rs 5,395 crore has been proposed for it. Among other budgetary provisions, Rs 1,300 crore is proposed for Ayushman Bharat Scheme and Rs 142 crore for Ayushman Bharat — Chief Minister Jan Arogya Yojana is proposed. A budget of Rs 320 crore has been proposed for the Pradhan Mantri Matrava Vandana Yojana, while a provision of Rs 1,073 crore is made to create diagnostic infrastructure for primary health care facilities.

In addition to this, a budgetary provision of Rs 425 is proposed for urban health sector and arogya centres, while Rs 54 crore for strengthening the State drug control system and a budget of Rs 50 crore for the construction of food and drug laboratories divisional offices in 12 divisions of the State. A budget provision of Rs 77 crore is also proposed for the establishment of public health units at the block level.

Since this was the last budget of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the State, a special thrust has been given on establishing medical colleges and universities apart from creating better health infrastructure and facilities in the State. The budgetary provisions assume significance in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, which has brought the global economy to its knees.

The maiden paperless budget presented in the State Assembly also included a proposal of Rs 1,950 crore for completing new under-construction medical colleges in 13 districts including Bijnor, Kushinagar, Sultanpur, Gonda, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Chandauli, Bulandshahar, Sonbhadra, Pilibhit, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat and Kaushambi.

The budgetary provision is in addition to complete construction of nine medical colleges, which is in progress and where the MBBS course is expected to start in the academic year 2021-22 itself. Rs 48 crore has also been allocated for setting up of the medical colleges in the public private partnership (PPP) mode in 16 unserved districts. A sum of Rs 23 crore is earmarked for the National Health Digital Mission as well as Rs 960 crore for the under-construction medical colleges at Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Siddharthnagar, Deoria, Ghazipur and Mirzapur.

Furthermore, a budget allocation of Rs 175 crore has been earmarked for establishing new medical colleges at Amethi and Balrampur and Rs 100 crore for Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow. There is a budgetary allocation of Rs 100 crore for providing medical facilities for incurable diseases. It also targets setting up Biosafety Level-4 Lab under the Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases in Lucknow.

The budget has also been proposed for setting up of a Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment Centre in King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow as well as at the Government Medical Colleges in Prayagraj and Meerut.

The Government has also decided to establish Advanced Diabetes Centre at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow. Besides, there is a proposal to strengthen two government medicine manufacturing units at Lucknow and Pilibhit to supply quality medicines to Ayurvedic and Unani hospitals in the State.

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Airline CEOs, Biden Officials Consider Green-Fuel Breaks



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Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels.

The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion.

United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum.

A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on aircraft rather than create breaks for biofuels.

Biofuels are false solutions that dont decarbonize air travel, said Clare Lakewood, a climate-law official with the Center for Biological Diversity. Real action on aircraft emissions requires phasing out dirty, aging aircraft, maximizing operational efficiencies and funding the rapid development of electrification.

Airplanes account for a small portion of emissions that cause climate change about 2% to 3% but their share has been growing rapidly and is expected to roughly triple by mid-century with the global growth in travel.

The airline trade group says U.S. carriers have more than doubled the fuel efficiency of their fleets since 1978 and plan further reductions in carbon emissions. But the independent International Council on Clean Transportation says passenger traffic is growing nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency, leading to a 33% increase in emissions between 2013 and 2019.

The U.S. accounts for about 23% of aircraft carbon-dioxide emissions, followed by Europe at 19% and China at 13%, the transportation group’s researchers estimated.

The White House said McCarthy, Buttigieg and economic adviser Brian Deese were grateful and optimistic to hear the airline CEOs talk about current and future efforts to combat climate change.

Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, said the exchange was positive.

Airlines are ready, willing and able partners, and we want to be part of the solution” to climate change, Calio said in a statement. We stand ready to work in partnership with the Biden administration.

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