NRHM likely to get five-year extension
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 22:54
  
New Delhi: The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), government's flagship scheme to improve healthcare services in rural areas, could be extended for another five years.

The Union Cabinet is likely to approve extension of the scheme launched in 2005 as a seven-year programme as it is yet to achieve several of its its goals.

According to sources, one of the visions of NRHM was to raise public spending on healthcare from around 0.9 per cent in 2004-05 of GDP to 2-3 per cent by end of 12th Plan. But this has not been achieved.

There are some other goals that NRHM still has not achieved, which the Centre believes can be met in the extended time period, the sources said.

The Union Budget this year had announced an increase in allocation for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to Rs 20,822 crore for 2012-13, around 15 per cent more than Rs 18,115 crore for 2011-12, besides announcing the launch of National Urban Health Mission for encompassing the primary healthcare needs of people in urban areas.

The Union Cabinet is also likely to extend the Swavalamban Scheme for unorganised sector from three to five years.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 22:54


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