National Rural Health Mission launched

The NRHM also plans to train and enhance capacity of Panchayati Raj Institutions(PRIs) to own, control and manage public health services. The Mission also envisages the following roles for PRIs: States are required to commit for devolution of funds, functionaries and programmes for health to PRIs; the District Health Mission should be chaired by Zila Parishad. The DHM will control, guide and manage all public health institutions in the districts namely, sub-centres, PHCs and CHCs; ASHA would be selected by and be accountable to the village Panchayat; Village health Committee of the Panchayat would prepare the village Health Plan and promote intersectoral integration; each sub-centre will have an Untied fund for local action @ Rs.10,000 per annum, which will be deposited in a joint Bank Account of the ANM and Sarpanch. This fund will be operated by the ANM in consultation with the Village Health Committee and PRI involvement in Rogi Kalyan Samitis for good hospital management.