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PM asks states to bolster food production

ver emphasised. Observing that inclusive growth was the centre-piece of government's development process, he referred to schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Programme, the National Rural Health Mission, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the new 15-Point Programme for Welfare of Minorities and Bharat Nirman. He said the administrators must ensure that these programmes were implemented in "the sp

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NRHM paints a poor picture of health facilities by Kounteya Sinha

e hospital." In a blatant example of the doctor-pharmaceutical company nexus that is not only plaguing Indian cities but also the country's most backward villages, the latest review of the National Rural Health Mission has found that the prescription pad was a sponsored gift by the private medical store. The report finalized recently pointed to how in local healthcare facilities, doctors were found "prescribing high end prescription me

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In the worst-affected Naxal areas, govt schemes are the hardest hit by Amitabh Sinha, Ravish Tiwari

examples: • Gumla district, Jharkhand: Institutional delivery of babies is just 10 per cent, minimum among the 33 worst Naxal-affected districts, and yet the utilisation of funds under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is just above 20 per cent while the overall figure for the state is above 50 per cent. • Kanker district, Chhattisgarh: The SC/ST population is over 60 per cent and yet the utilization of funds under the rur

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Financing healthcare in India by NJ Kurian

l theme of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan is to deepen the role of the market in healthcare. The principal instrument suggested is Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Though the professed objective of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is to strengthen primary healthcare infrastructure, in practice it has been pandering to the private sector. Reviews of the NRHM indicate that its intended objectives are not being achieved. An admired aspect of t

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Thanks to health mission, vacancies don’t ail rural India by Aarti Dhar

ds for students and pre-PG mandatory qualification have helped Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan have created a special cadre with financial, non-financial incentives Acknowledging the difference the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has made to the health care system, the third Common Review Mission (CRM) says many States have come up with innovations for attracting and retaining professionals in public service in rural and remote areas. Whi

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No free drugs under rural health mission by Aarti Dhar

of essential medicines Supplies are mostly top-down, based on availability instead of being demand-based No State provides free medicines to below the poverty line (BPL) patients under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). “The insufficiency of drugs and thereby the imperative of prescribing medicines from outside continue widely. This could also be linked to insufficiency of understanding of the essential drug concept,&rdqu

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Healing a nation by Patralekha Chatterjee

ial Research. The latest figures from Sample Registration System of the Registrar General of Census show some improvement in maternal and child health, though we are still far from achieving the National Rural Health Mission’s (NRHM) targets for 2012 of reducing the maternal mortality ratio to less than 100 per 1,00,000 live births, and infant mortality ratio to less than 30 per 1,000 live births. In recent times, there has been a genu

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Medical degree in 3.5-year for rural docs by Dhananjay Mahapatra

ai said. The ministry is backing the scheme as it is finding it increasingly difficult to get adequate number of doctors to serve in rural areas to fulfil the UPA government's commitments under National Rural Health Mission-2009. To keep BRMS graduates in the loop, MCI is also proposing a parallel mechanism to register them by state medical councils and MCI. "Registration would be granted provisionally on an annual renewal basis and w

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CAG questions NRHM funds’ flow management by Aarti Dhar

elease of funds from State health societies to district health societies The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has expressed dissatisfaction over the funds flow management under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and recommended that it be rationalised with appropriate norms and criteria. The maintenance of accounts at the State, district and below levels was not proper and concurrent audit of accounts, initiated under th

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CAG faults implementation of maternity benefit scheme by Aarti Dhar

sion’s goal is to achieve 100 per cent institutional deliveries by 2012 Long term targets were not prescribed by 17 States The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has criticised the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for “hampering” the smooth implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana – maternity benefit scheme — by delays and irregularities in the payment of incentives. In its latest report, the CA

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