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State governments’ delays in fund transfer are affecting India’s national health mission, report says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1318
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Health ministry officials in Delhi are concerned that delays in the release of funds by state governments are hurting India’s National Health Mission and AIDS prevention programmes, Reuters reports.1

Although the central government has sent more than $1.3bn (Rs81bn; £0.9bn; €1.2bn) to the state treasuries for the mission since April, says the report, the funds are taking months, instead of the stipulated 15 days, to reach designated regional health societies. And this has resulted in salaries not being paid on time and delay to construction of health clinics.

The National Health Mission was established to provide affordable, accessible, …

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