JK not releasing funds share under NRHM: Union Ministry

‘We Are Forced To Withhold Central Assistance’

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, July 4: The Jammu and Kashmir government’s failure to release its share for funds under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has forced the Union Health Ministry to withhold funding under the flagship program to the State, officials said Thursday.
 “The State Government has failed to sanction its share several times in the past and that is the reason the Union Health Ministry delayed to give clearance on its share of funds meant for various activities and schemes under the flagship program,” Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry and Mission Director at NRHM, Anuradha Gupta told Greater Kashmir in an exclusive chat on the sidelines of the national health program here.
 “There is limited and fixed funding under the NRHM and the Centre doesn’t release its funds without State share. In J&K this was a serious problem but the situation seems to be changing. It will decide how the scheme will run,” she said.
 Recently, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad announced an increase in central funds for Jammu and Kashmir under the NRHM from 85 to 90 per cent. Now, the state government will have to contribute only 10 per cent of the total allocation. During the announcement, Azad had also hinted at the problem arising due to the non-release of the state share in J&K.
 The Mission Director also showed concern over non-starting of Emergency Ambulance Service in Jammu and Kashmir with 102 and 108 codes.
 “We have provided around 13000 ambulances to different states but in Jammu and Kashmir it is yet to take off. I hope it will be started here soon,” Gupta said.
 According to her, the State is also facing problem in posting of doctors in rural and far-flung areas. “We have sanctioned special incentives for rural doctors to encourage them to work in far-flung and cut-off areas. Every state should take benefit of the incentive program as there are enough funds for this,” Gupta said.
 However, she said hilly states including J&K face various challenges in this regard. “We have to see how we can remove this problem so that rural areas will also be served.”
 Azad last month offered special incentives to doctors serving in rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir. "The doctors serving in rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir will get special incentives," Azad had said.
 In an effort to improve health services in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has decided to pay special incentives to doctors serving in rural areas, he said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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