Linguistic blindness of 2016 budget

The latest Budget Speech perpetuates a chronic blindness to basic social needs. Children are not mentioned at all and nor are (say) nutrition, social security or maternity entitlements.

Some Keywords in the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech


KeywordNumber of citations
NREGA/employment guarantee21
Social security10
Integrated Child Development Services00
Midday meals/school meals00
Maternity/maternity entitlements00
National food security act00
Pensions (other than organized sector)00
National Health Mission01a

a “Funds will be made available through PPP mode under the National Health Mission, to provide dialysis services in all district hospitals.”





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Jean Drèze is a development economist

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