NRHM likely to get five-year extension
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.