IndiaSpend looks at the 2014-2015 union budget to catalogue the Government’s top five flagship programmes. Many of these programmes draw criticism for their faulty design & less-than-effective implementation. Nevertheless, these programmes have helped the Government focus efforts in a manner that would have otherwise been difficult to achieve.
India’s single largest flagship programme is the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee popularly referred as MGNREGA or NREGA. The Government has allocated Rs 34,000 crore for 2014-15, marginally higher than Rs 33,000 crore allocated during the previous year to provide guaranteed employment to almost 50 million rural households.
Under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Rs. 11,000 crore has been allocated in 2014-15, an increase of 13.4% from the revised estimates of the previous year.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was not allocated any funds in the interim budget for 2014-15 while the revised estimates for 2013-14 stood at Rs. 9, 620 crore.
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) was allocated Rs 7, 060 crore under the interim budget for 2014-15 while the revised estimates for 2013-14 was Rs 37.75 crore. It is to be noted that the scheme has almost run its course and was supposed to be terminated in 2012-13 but was extended by a year, which can possibly explain the under utilisation of funds under the programme.
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