National Health Agency to be restructured as National Health Authority
03 January 2019
The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as `National Health Authority’ for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).
With this approval, the existing society "National Health Agency" has been dissolved and will be replaced by National Health Authority as an attached office to ministry of health and family welfare.
The existing multi-tier decision making structure has been replaced with the governing board chaired by the minister of health and family welfare, which will enable the decision making at a faster pace, required for smooth implementation of the scheme.
The composition of the governing board will be broad-based with due representations from the government, domain experts etc. Besides, the states will also be represented in the governing board on rotational basis.
No new funds have been approved. The proposed National Health Authority will utilise the existing budget approved earlier by the cabinet for the National Health Agency, including costs related to IT, human resources, infrastructure, operational costs etc.
The National Health Authority will have full accountability, authority and the mandate to implement PM-JAY through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process.