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Budget 2022: National Tele Mental Health Program to be Launched Amid Pandemic, Says FM Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget, said a national tele-mental health program will be launched for mental health counselling. IIT Bangalore will provide tech support for the programme.

She also said an open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem will be rolled out

“It will consist of digital registries of health providers and health facilities, unique health identity and universal access to health facilities,” she said.

She said the government is focused on empowering the youths, women and the poor sections in the country, adding that the government’s next target is to create 60 lakh jobs.

The programme will include 23 tele mental health centres of excellence with National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans) being the nodal centre and technology support being provided by IIT Bangalore, she added.

“We are in the midst of the Omicron wave, the speed of our vaccination campaign has helped greatly. I am confident that ‘Sabka Prayaas’, we’ll continue with strong growth,” the FM said in her initial part of the Budget speech.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting her fourth Budget that is aimed at maintaining the world’s fastest-growing economy tag for India.

The budget comes days before the first phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh, which along with four other states is going to the polls to elect a new state government.

 

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