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Centre releases Rs 674.36 cr to Nagaland for NHM from 2016 to 2021; Rs 38.38 cr to combat COVID-19

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DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 10: The Centre has released a total of Rs 674.36 crore under the National Health Mission (NHM) as financial and technical support to Nagaland during the last 5 years to strengthen the State health care systems for provision of equitable, affordable healthcare to all citizens based on requirements posed by the State in their Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs).
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
The Minister said NHM support is provided for provision of a range of free services related to maternal health, child health, adolescent health, family planning, universal immunization programme, and for major diseases such as Tuberculosis, vector borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Kala Azar, Leprosy, etc.
Other major initiatives supported under NHM include Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK), Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), implementation of Free Drugs and Free Diagnostics Service Initiatives, Mobile Medical Units (MMUs), Tele-consultation services, ambulance services, PM National Dialysis Programme and implementation of National Quality Assurance Framework in all public health facilities of all States/UTs.
As per the written reply, Rs 95.92 crore was released to Nagaland during 2016-17, Rs 134.86 crore during 2017-18, Rs 132.11 crore in 2018-19, Rs 123.23 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 188.21 crore during 2020-21.
The Minister informed that the releases relate to Central Government grants and do not include State share contribution.
Stating that public health and hospitals are State subject, the Minister said primary responsibility to ensure payment of salary of human healthcare professionals, including contractual employees, lies with the respective State/UT Governments. Under the National Health Mission (NHM), she said support is provided to States/UTs to augment health human resource on contractual basis including support for in-sourcing or engagement of doctors, specialist doctors and other health professionals for provision of equitable, affordable healthcare based on requirements posed by the States in their Programme Implementation Plans (PIPs) and within their overall resource envelope.
In Record of Proceeding (ROP), she said 8% of the total HR budget is approved as per State proposal, as increment and for rationalization and experience bonus (as per eligibility and principles of rationalization). Only those who have completed minimum 1 year of engagement under NHM and whose contract (in case of annual contract) gets renewed are eligible for annual increment. Principles of increments are approved by State Health Society Governing Body, the Minister informed.
Rs 38.38 cr to combat COVID-19
The Centre has provided financial assistance of Rs 38.38 crores to Nagaland in the last 2 years to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar stated that Rs 10.27 crore was released to Nagaland as Central grants in aid for COVID-19 activities under the ECRP during financial year 2020-21 and Rs 28.11 crore in 2021-22.
The Minister said release of funds during 2020-21 is 100% Centrally funded, while release of funds during 2021-22 is as per the approved Centre-State funding under NHM and is updated up to November 24, 2021.
Besides the financial assistance, the Minister informed that requisite support is provided to States/UTs to enhance preparedness and response capacities against COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Various initiatives have been undertaken by the Government to provide technical guidance and further strengthen health infrastructure, availability of essential logistics including drugs and medical oxygen supply to manage COVID-19.
(Page News Service)

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