Video: Population, Health, and Union Budget 2022-23

The State of Population and Development – #PopulationAndDevelopment | Panel Discussion on Population, Health, and Union Budget 2022-23


#IMPRI Center for Human Dignity and Development (CHDD), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, invites you to an IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk series:

The State of Population and Development – #PopulationAndDevelopment

A Panel Discussion on

Population, Health, and Union Budget 2022-23

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:

Date: February 4, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live


Devender Singh
Global Studies Programme,
University of Freiburg, Germany;
Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI


Sandeep Chachra
Executive Director,
ActionAid India

Prof Sanghmitra Sheel Acharya
Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health,
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

Dr Shoba Suri
Senior Fellow, Health Initiative,
Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi

Urvashi Prasad
Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog

Prof Pradeep K. Panda
Professor and Dean,
School of Public Health,
Asian Institute of Public Health (AIPH) University, Bhubaneswar

About the #WebPolicyTalk: Population, Health, and Union Budget 2022-23

At its very basic and in official terminology, the budget is a yearly financial statement of the revenue receipts and expenditure incurred in the previous year as well as the outlays for different areas for the coming year based on past experience as well as expressed needs by the responsible ministry/department or as thought of by the finance ministry itself.

But of late, the budget has also become some sort of a vision document for the country and its economy as it lays out policies and programmes which are long term, spanning over several years. These point to us the emergent priority areas for the country, as reckoned by the government of the day, and consequent planning over several years. Apart from the immediate budget provisions, these are also good areas for analysis.  

Health is an important area in the budget. In the last year’s budget, there were 6 pillars, and Health and Well Being was the very first one of these pillars. And most likely, it is going to be the same case in this year’s budget.    

In that spirit, the panel session will discuss with inputs from all the panelists key take-aways from the budget as seen by them for overall health and in their specialized field, key needs in terms of population and health and whether the budget addresses them, analysis of previous years’ Budget Provisions, and an overall assessment of the budget and suggestions for the way forward.


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  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.