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New Delhi, Jan. 4

THE Government today approved the launch of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) with a Rs 3,700-crore credit and grants-in-aid from multilateral agencies.

The implementation will involve merger of funds and personnel of departments of health and family welfare and rationalisation of the two into a single integrated department, which will also roll out all the health and family welfare programmes. This was decided at a Cabinet meeting headed by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

It has also approved a proposal to initiate negotiations with World Bank for credit support of Rs 1,575 crore and for grants-in-aid support from DFID for Rs 2,125 crore for RCH-II programme to supplement the resources of National Rural Health Mission.

Uplinking policy: The Government also approved the proposal of reviewing the uplinking policy for giving three-month extension for existing news and current affairs television channels up to March 31, 2005, for conformity to the eligibility criteria.

In addition, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved financial assistance worth Rs 110 crore during Tenth Plan period for upgrading and strengthening of hospitals located in national highways, of which up to Rs 1.50 crore would be in grants.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 5, 2005)
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