Rationalization of Autonomous Bodies

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Cabinet has approved rationalization of Autonomous Bodies under Department of Health & Family Welfare.




Based on the recommendations of Expenditure Management Commission, NITI Aayog had undertaken a review of the 19 Autonomous Bodies, under the DoHFW, that have been formed under Societies Registration Act, 1860 (SRA).

The main concern of the Government is that Autonomous Bodies are required to be reviewed and rationalised with a view to improving their outcomes, effectiveness and efficiency, utilisation of financial and human resources, governance and relevance in current policy and programme context.

The Committee had recommended closure of RAN and JSK and their functions to be vested in the Ministry.

Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN)

It was set up as a registered society to provide financial medical assistance to poor patients receiving treatment in designated central government hospitals.

Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK)

It was set up with a corpus grant of Rs.100 crores in the year 2003 to raise awareness for population stabilization strategies. JSK organizes various activities with target populations as a part of its mandate.