Union Health Minister J P Nadda has written to all MPs asking for their inputs for the National Health Mission before the programmes for the next financial year are finalised. The letter comes following Prime Minister Nerendra Modi’s directive to ministers after the electoral drubbing in Bihar to engage more with party MPs and also tour the country to spread the message of good governance.
In his letter, dated December 29, Nadda wrote: “I may inform you that the process of PIPs (Programme Implementation Plan) preparation for the financial year 2016-17 has been initiated and states/UTs are expected to submit their PIPs in January 2016. Since approvals under NHM can be given only through the PIP route, if you have any proposal to be considered, you may get the proposals incorporated in the state PIP, through the district level planning process, so that it can be finally discussed and considered by the NPCC (National Programme Coordination Committee), depending on the resource envelope of the state.”
The PIPs are the backbone of the NHM with each state giving a complete roadmap for the year ahead on how and under what heads it plans to spend the money allocated to it under the scheme. Ordinarily, PIPs are prepared by the states depending on their assessment of their health requirements.