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


Keyword Number of citations
2014 2016
Investment 34 23
Growth 31 20
NREGA/employment guarantee 2 1
Nutrition 2 0
Social security 1 0
Children 0 0
Integrated Child Development Services 0 0
Midday meals/school meals 0 0
Maternity/maternity entitlements 0 0
National food security act 0 0
Pensions (other than organized sector) 0 0
National Health Mission 0 1a

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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