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Ayushman Sahakar

  • The scheme Ayushman Sahakar has been Launched recently.
  • It is a scheme to assist cooperatives play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country.
  • It has been launched by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) ,
  • NCDC is an autonomous development finance institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
Ayushman Sahakar

Key Features and Implementation of the Scheme

  • NCDC will extend term loans to prospective cooperatives.
  • A fund will be created for the purpose.
  • Any Cooperative Society with suitable provision in its byelaws to undertake healthcare related activities would be able to access the NCDC fund.
  • NCDC assistance will flow either through the State Governments/UT Administrations or directly to the eligible cooperatives.
  • The scheme also provides working capital and margin money to meet operational requirements.
  • The scheme provides interest subvention of one percent to women majority cooperatives.
  • There are about 52 hospitals across the country run by cooperatives. They have cumulative bed strength of more than 5,000.
  • By virtue of their strong presence in rural areas, cooperatives utilizing the scheme would bring revolution in comprehensive health care services.

Benefits of the Scheme

  • COVID 19 pandemic has brought into focus the requirement of creation of more facilities.
  • Therefore, NCDC՚s scheme will be a step towards strengthening farmers welfare activities by the Central Government.
  • With this scheme, villagers will get many facilities including hospitals, medical colleges.
  • The scheme aligns itself with the focus of the National Health Policy, 2017, covering the health systems in all their dimensions:
    • investments in health
    • organization of healthcare services
    • access to technologies
    • development of human resources, encouragement of medical pluralism, affordable health care to farmers etc.
  • It is in line with the National Digital Heath Mission
  • The scheme would bring transformation in rural areas.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 21, 2021

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