Kautilya Academy 20-10-2020
The Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched the AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR scheme on October 19, 2020. The scheme has been formulated by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) which is the apex autonomous development finance institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
The scheme is an unique way that will assist cooperatives to play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country. Under the scheme, the NCDC would extend term loans to prospective cooperatives by 10,000 crore in coming years. The scheme would be providing a working capital and margin money to meet operational requirements of the health facilities. It also provides interest subvention of one percent to cooperatives where women are in majority.
NCDC’s scheme has aligned itself with the National Health Policy, 2017. It covers the health systems in all dimensions including the investments in health, encouragement of medical pluralism, organization of healthcare services, affordable health care to farmers, access to technologies, development of human resources etc. The scheme comprises the comprehensive approach-hospitals, healthcare, health insurance, nursing education, medical and paramedical education. It also includes health systems such as AYUSH. Ayushman Sahakar scheme fund would be assisting the cooperative hospitals to take up medical and Ayush education.
NCDC fund will be given in order to boost the healthcare services that are being operated by the cooperatives in the country. This scheme has been launched with an aims to bring transformation in the health services primarily in the rural areas.
The need for creating such facilities was felt amid the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. NCDC’s scheme will be strengthening the farmers welfare activities by the Central Government.