Even as the State government is waiting for the Centre’s clearance to take forward the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said the mission’s launch depends on the allocation it gets in the coming budget.
Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of the 17th NIMHANS convocation, Mr. Azad said although it was supposed to be placed before the Union Cabinet for clearance, it was yet to be done.
“When the mission was announced in 2008, there was a boom in the country’s economy. Now there is a slow down and we do not know how much allocation NUHM will get,” he said. The NUHM is expected to cover 779 cities and towns with a population of more than 50,000. Bangalore and Bhubaneshwar have been chosen for the pilot project.