New Delhi: The Union Cabinet today deferred considering a Rs 4,000-crore multi-pronged proposal to tackle Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome which have so far claimed almost 1,000 lives in the country this year. Sources say the Cabinet deferred considering the proposal due to the absence of Finance Minister P Chidambaram, as funding of the proposed multi-crore plan was to be discussed in detail. The plan to tackle JE/AES was to be taken up by the Cabinet on the basis of recommendations made by the Group of Ministers (GoM) for evolving a multi-pronged strategy to tackle the virus. The plan involves stepping up healthcare, water and sanitation facilities for the affected persons, besides improving their nutrition and rehabilitation plan involving the five ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation, Women and Child Development and Social Justice and Empowerment, say sources.
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