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NITI Aayog urges Odisha to participate in challenge method under DSSS




 With lot of potential for improvement of the Odisha’s health sector, NITI Aayog has urged the State Government to participate in the challenge method to be included in the new Development Support Services for States (DSSS).

In a recent communication to the State government, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has stated that the DSSS has been launched to improve and transform the health sector with funding and technical support by the Aayog.

Kant has said that this is a unique opportunity offered by NITI Aayog for three states in the country to partner with it and experts from India and outside are all set to embark on a truly transformational journey in the Health Care Sector.

Odisha, being a leading state on health care is expected to participate in the Challenge Method, feel experts McKinsey and IPE Global.

These international expert groups are working in various fields in Odisha, said sources.

Experts feel that given the track record of Odisha such as current performances and initiatives, the State will be able to get selected in DSSS.

This program is to be taken up by three states over a 30 month time period to make potential improvement in Health Care System like Maternal and Child Health, Communicable Diseases, Non Communicable Diseases, and other issues like affordability of health.

Once selected NITI Aayog will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government and embark upon a transformation process, said Kant.

The selected state will receive 50 Percent funding from NITI Aayog for the DSSS program.

Of late, NITI Aayog has been supportive of Odisha as recently Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya took up the issues of the State with Central Ministries.

Odisha has recently raised the issue of inadequate funding in Child Care Sector and Aayog was supportive for the State, which is facing tough time due to malnutrition and ill health issues of children.

While the State Government has prepared the road map to face the situation, inadequate funding from the Centre on this count is posing a problem for the cash starved State, admit officials.

With non issuance of Rs.86 Crore on ICDS and over Rs.377 Crore pending with the Union Government on APIP, a total Rs.463 Crore is required to be released for Women and Child Development Sector in the State.

It is worth mentioning here that the Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan raised the issue in the recent NITI Aayog Meeting, which was subsequently taken up by Panagariya, said sources.

While the new DSSS initiative is trying to take care of Maternal and Child Health Sector also, it is imperative on the parts of the Government of India to release the backlog disbursement, opine officials.






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