Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan

March 26, 2015 9:06 PM

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Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic growth - his government's first full annual budget, announced last month, ramped up infrastructure spending, leaving less federal funding immediately available for social sectors.

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