The mantra of needing to contain the fiscal deficit was invoked to slash by 20% committed funds to the health sector towards the end of 2014.
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The allocation for ICDS has also been slashed by Rs 1,500 crore (from Rs 15,300 allocated to Rs 14,000 crore in the revised estimate of 2015-16)
Between July 2014 and October 2015 only 4.3 lakh jobs were added, one of the lowest since 2009.
As per data up to March 2016, crude oil, natural gas and steel production declined in the last one year while the others grew by 4-6%.
For Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan, the expenditure is pegged at 7% of the total, when it should be 16.6 per cent- a shortfall of Rs 52,470 cr.
Expenditure on Tribal Sub-Plan for their upliftment, which is supposed to be 8.6% of the total plan, has been slashed to 4.4%- shortfall of Rs 24,000 cr.
2015 saw highest number of farmer suicides in Maharashtra. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh replied to a written question that the number of suicides was 3,228 (highest in a single year since 2001).
Religious freedom in India is on a "negative trajectory" in 2015 according to US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Annual Report 2016. Religious tolerance "deteriorated" and religious freedom violations "increased."
There is no provision in the budget for universal maternity benefit entitlement of Rs 6,000 to all pregnant and lactating mothers as committed to under the National Food Security Act.
According to government data, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by a mere 2% between February 2015 and February 2016. This was worse than February 2014 to February 2015 when the IIP grew by 4.8%.
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