What Do You Want?
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As you already know, last Thursday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented interim budget. There is a tradition of not presenting a full budget before the General Elections to the Lok Sabha.
I took this opportunity to analyse the fund allocations and expenditure for the mental healthcare sector in India in the last five years. If you have not read the analysis yet, I urge you to go through the article linked below.
You can also read this Twitter thread analysing the same.
Read the article and Twitter thread? Let us return to the title of this post.
The General Elections to the Lok Sabha are going to be announced soon. Many of the political parties, large and small, will come up with their manifestos making various promises to get our votes. Although health issues do find space in the manifestos, mentions of mental health are rare.
We need to change this. As a mental health student/professional/advocate, what are your expectations from an election manifesto? What do you want? Please offer your suggestions in the comment section, or you can email to gulzar [at] duck [dot] com. If you have already written about it anywhere, including on social media, please feel free to share the link.