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Akhilesh justifies naming NRHM ambulance scheme

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday rejected the Centre’s claim that state governments cannot give their own names to the ambulance scheme of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday rejected the Centre’s claim that state governments cannot give their own names to the ambulance scheme of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Justifying the naming of the NRHM’s “108 ambulance scheme” as “Samajwadi Swastha Sewa”,he said the state government has an equal right over the scheme as the central government.

“The name has been given so that people can remember it easily. Moreover,there was no such binding that the state cannot give its own name to the service when this scheme started,” he said.

The Chief MInister said since the state government was also contributing funds to the NRHM,it had an equal right to name the scheme as well. “No question should be raised on the naming of the scheme as the states are also spending funds for the scheme.”

He also went on to say that the state government will end up spending more than the Centre on the scheme.

“After a study into the financial aspects,we have found that in the next five years,the state government would be spending more on operation of these ambulances than the central government.”

Akhilesh also said his government was preparing details of financial burden shared between the state and central governments on the scheme and would soon make it public.

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Earlier this month,the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had proposed names like “National Ambulance Service” and “National Mobile Medical Unit” for ambulance services under the NRHM and asked states to stop the practice of giving their own names to national schemes.