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State Govt unveils new policy for promoting private sector investment in health care sector




 With a view to promote private sector investment in the healthcare sector through strategic partnership, investment and policy intervention, the State Government has unveiled the Healthcare Investment Promotion Policy.

While discussing with the senior officials of the Department in this regards here today Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pramod Kumar Meherda asked them to prepare the road map for attracting investment in the health care sector keeping State’s policy in view.

In the said policy, the State Government has identified 11 out of 30 districts of the State as priority districts to ensure quality health care services in these districts. Those are Bolangir, Boudh, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada and Sonepur.

The policy envisages promotion of hospital and health care projects in these districts with the support of private sector investments.

Health care sector investments in priority districts shall be accorded all the incentives available in the Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR) 2015 and shall be treated at par with the priority sector investment.

The Policy would provide incentives and exemptions in conjunction with any other applicable existing policy of the State and the Union Government.

Capital Subsidy shall be provided on capital investment made in the project. Subsidy will be limited to 30 percent of the capital investment with a ceiling of Rs.10 Crore for Grade I and Rs.5 Crore for each higher grade hospital. An existing hospital in the priority district, which upgrades into a multi specialty hospital or a super specialty hospital, will also get incentives.

State Government will provide priority in allocation of land for the new hospital projects in the priority districts. The Policy shall enable proper implementation and smooth functioning of the provisions to facilitate health care investments in the priority districts of the State, said a senior official of the Department of Health & Family Welfare.

Health care projects will be cleared by the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) and the Secretary Health & family Welfare will be part of the SLSWCA while considering health care projects.

This will facilitate and fast track the clearance process and investors will be helped out in this regard, said the official. The Policy will remain in operation for a period of five years and officials feel that this will promote establishment of health care institutions for best in class infrastructure and technology in the health care delivery in the priority districts.






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