Health Policy

RSVY replaces NRHM

Rashtriya Swasthya Vikas Yojna (RSVY), a nationwide healthcare program replaces the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which has served the country for the last five years. The Yojna is part of the 12th 5-year Plan, which comes into effect from April 2, and is expected to pump nearly 2.5 percent of the countrys total spending in the next five years towards the health sector. To improve the health parameters, this program aims to spend in poor states


and is not confined to only a few places. NRHM did not had flexibility to devise its own rules and regulations and thus now increases the states responsibility to draw programs according to its nature. This will be laid on the lines of the successful framework provided by Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, an initiative of the Agriculture ministry, which helped raise, Indias food grain output by almost 15 percent in the 11th five-year Plan (2007-12).

So far, India does not stand good on the records in health parameters like infant mortality rate, and proportion of women receiving ante-natal care unlike other developing countries. We have also observed that India has also been spending less on public health and government, while targeting an 8 percent growth in public spending on health, ended up with only a growth of Rs 4.5 percent in 2009-10.


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