The Government of India has earmarked a sum of Rs 3,043.88 crores to the Uttar Pradesh government for implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in financial year 2013-14. The amount is about 12% more than what was allocated last year.
Officials in the state health department informed that the funds were announced in a meeting on Tuesday and a formal intimation was sent here on Thursday. The amount, however, is not final and the UP government can ask for sanctions up to Rs 1,460.34 in the supplementary proposals. But the allocations in the second round would be subject to certain conditions mentioned by Ashish Verma, director NRHM, India in a letter to the UP government. The letter states that timely submission of statutory audit report and utilisation certificates for the financial year 2011-12 was essential for the release of the first installment. Similarly, the second installment will not be released unless the state sends the statutory audit report for the year 2012-13 to the ministry officials.
Besides this, the state government will have to release 25% of the state share into the account of the state health society. Regarding the funds promised in the first tranche, officials informed that no allocation has been received for National Blindness Control Programme while that in the national iodine deficiency disorder control programme has been slashed from Rs 1.75 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 0.24 crore this year. The ministry has also laid certain essential conditions for the state government such as "all buildings supported under NRHM should prominently carry NRHM logo in English, Hindi and regional languages"; "all ambulances be branded as national ambulance services and adhere to the colour design and logo as communicated by MOHFW"; all mobile medical units should be branded as national mobile medical units and follow the color, scheme and design as prescribed by the MOHFW"; "the state shall not make any change in the name of the national initiatives such as janani shishu suraksha karyakram" among others.
Government of India has also said the state will have to submit quarterly reports on physical progress against targets and expenditures including analysis of adverse variances and corrective action proposed to be taken. The state will not be able to make any changes in the allocations made which means that the funds under one head will not be transferred into another without the approval of the health ministry. The state will have to get its accounts and workings audited by the state office of comptroller and auditor general and properly maintain bank accounts of the state health society. Regarding, state health society, the government is expected to furnish details like unspent balance and interest accrued on it besides the usual credit and debit details.source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/UP-gets-over-Rs-3k-crore-for-NRHM/articleshow/20467940.cms