In the absence of the 10 public health professionals who are usually the ones asking all the questions in the MSG meetings, it was left to Niti vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar to seek explanations.
The role of senior bureaucrats stationed with NHM in Maharashtra, the state’s health department, and senior medics functioning with the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had come under the scanner in the matter.
Allegations against a department controlled by the Shiv Sena; public health minister orders immediate probe
For the current financial year the total fund available to the states for NHM is Rs 19,289 crore.
Last month, PM Modi had created a group of ministers, headed by Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, with a mandate to increase interaction between the government and BJP MPs.
After the 10 years, the NHM continues to be plagued by severe manpower and infrastructure shortage, but its biggest impediment is the lack of public funding.
The victory over birth-related tetanus owes more to a systems approach than to scientific innovation
The Health Ministry has replied that it is not feasible as NHM has only been allocated the bare minimum to run existing programme
The NHM employees have also submitted a 10-day ultimatum to the state government.
Around 1,500 new paediatricians graduate from medical colleges every year but many are believed to leave for foreign shores.
The employees have been given time till April 16 to meet Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
More than 6,000 NHM employees are posted in different parts of the state who are on contract.
A national health assurance scheme could start with basic services.
At the end of 2012-13,the state had an unspent NRHM budget of approximately Rs 1,000 crore.
The Union Cabinet Wednesday finally approved the Rs 22,507-crore Urban Health Mission. Though the proposal is in line with the Prime Ministers announcement