Pranab Mukherjee just announced that the Integrated Child Development Scheme is to be strengthened and restructured with allocation of Rs.15850 crore. This includes supplementary nutritionimmunizationhealth check-upreferral servicespre-school non-formal education and nutrition & health education. There is also an allocation of Rs.14000 crore for rural water supply and sanitation. The World Health Organisation estimated that around 700000 Indians die each year from diarrhoea. Most of these deaths are due to bad water supply and lack of sanitation. Whether the budget delivers as per the expectations of the healthcare industry is yet to be seen. We will keep you updated about the progress.