National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is an Indian Health Program for improving Health Care Delivery across rural India. The mission, initially mooted for 7 years (2005-2012), is run by the Ministry of Health(MOH) . The scheme proposes a number of new mechanisms for healthcare delivery including -
training local residents as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and
the Janani Surakshay Yojana (motherhood protection program)
The Scheme also aims at improving Hygiene and Sanitation infrastructure .
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has a special focus on 18 states -
Arunachal Pradesh,Assam,bihar,Chattisgarh,Himachal Pradesh,J&K,Manipur,Mizoram,Meghalaya,Madhya Pradesh,Nagaland,Orissa,Rajastan,Sikkim,Tripura,Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh NRHM Scam
Uttar Pradesh NRHM Scam is a corruption scandal in U.P in which top politicians and bureaucrats are alleged to have siphoned off a massive sum (estimatedat10,000crore(US$2.2 Billion)
At least 5 people are said to have been murdered in an attempt to coverup large-scale irregularities.The NRHM scam came to the limelight after two Chief Medical Officers(CMO) - the top health functionary of the state -- were successively murdered in posh localities of the state capital, Lucknow. Dr. Vinod Arya (Oct 2010) and Dr. B. P. Singh (April 2011) were shot dead in broad daylight outside their houses, by motorcycle-riding killers, using the same weapon. Deputy-CMO Y.S. Sachan, who is thought to have had a role in the murders, was arrested, but died mysteriously in prison. Subsequently, three other functionaries who were under investigation have also been murdered or died under suspicious circumstances.
Several ministers and ex-ministers of the ruling BSP govt in Uttar Pradesh are being investigagted by the CBI
A CAG report blamed the state's health and family welfare department functionaries, middlemen and contractors for guzzling 5,700 crore(US$1.25 Billion) or 68% of the 8,657 crore(US$1.9 Billion) released between 2005 and 2011 under the NRHM.
NRHM Scam Accused Commits SuicideProject Manager Sunil Verma shot himself at his Vikas Nagar residence at around 8:30 AM. on Monday Jan 23,2012. The 52-year-old official was taken to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Verma was a project manager associated with the construction and design division of Uttar Pradesh government.
The Construction and Design Division is a part of the UP Jal Nigam and Verma was was overseeing all the construction related work under the NRHM scheme.