Most of the ministries are bringing schemes that are of a large umbrella nature.
New Delhi: The central government may expand the scope of some current state-funded welfare schemes to cover a wider section of the population when it announces the interim budget next month ahead of the general elections, a senior government official said.
Such a move will help the Centre tap into a wider voting bloc without breaching a convention that forbids major giveaways in the interim budget, the official, who didn't wish to be identified, told NewsRise.
Most of the ministries are bringing schemes that are of a large umbrella nature. Schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Health Mission are wide in scope and new programmes can be launched under them, the official said. New programmes are not new schemes and the existing schemes offer enough window of opportunity.
The government may also announce its intent to launch new schemes in the interim budget, which won't require the government to allow cash immediately to implement such initiatives, the official added.
That way the government can claim that it is following the convention. In any case, any new scheme takes months for actual launch so the need for funds would come later, the official added.
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