SAC approves ‘State Health Care Investment Policy-2019’
Approves holding of elections for constitution of Block Development Councils
JAMMU, MARCH 8: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the “State Health Care Investment Policy-2019”.
Giving details, an official spokesman said that the salient features of the Policy include (i) 30% subsidy on Capital Investment to be provided for setting up of Multi Speciality Hospitals, Super Speciality Hospitals, Medical Colleges, Nursing Colleges and Paramedical Colleges. The subsidy on Capital Investment will be limited to a maximum of Rs 3 crore in cities with population less than 10 lakh and a maximum of Rs 5 crore in cities with a population of more than 10 lakh as per 2011 census.
(ii) Interest Subsidy @5% per annum on term loan subject to a ceiling of Rs 15 lakh per year for a period of five years from the date of operationalization of the project.
(iii) Subsidized power tariff rates as applicable to the Industries Sector. (iv) 100% Subsidy on purchase and installation of DG sets with upper ceiling of Rs 45 lakh.
(v) One time subsidy upto 25% of the cost incurred on induction training of nursing and paramedical staff will be provided by the State Government, capped at a maximum of Rs 12,000 per person.
(vi) The Promoters/Investors setting up the project shall be free to establish the unit on their own property/acquired land subject to eligibility of the same as per defined land use.
(vii) Allotment of land at premium rates as applicable under Industrial Policy of 2016 through land bank to be created through SIDCO & SICOP.
(viii) For Multi/Super Speciality Hospitals to be set up outside Municipal Corporation limits, land up to 5 acres for 200 bedded hospitals and upto 10 acres for 500 bedded hospitals will be provided subject to the availability of land.
(ix) Minimum Capital Investment required is Rs 80 crore for 200 bedded hospitals and Rs 200 crore for 500 bedded hospitals, within a period of five years.
(x) Medical Colleges being set up outside Municipal Corporation limits will be provided land upto 25 acres at a token premium of Rs. 1 per kanal, subject to the availability of land. Minimum Capital Investment required will be Rs 200 crore to be made within a period of five years.
(xi) Single window clearance mechanism will be adopted for processing the project proposals with final approval to be accorded by Apex Level Project Clearance Committee (ALPCC).
Under the Policy, Government may declare a well defined geographical area as ‘Medical City’ for having potential and being conducive for development and promoting medical tourism in the state, said the spokesman.
The spokesman further said that the State Health Care Investment Policy-2019 aims to promote/ encourage private parties/ entrepreneurs to set up healthcare infrastructure in the state for which Government shall provide subsidies on various fronts to the entrepreneurs.
The Policy has been drafted after extensive deliberations in the health Department. The Policy is expected to improve accessibility of quality healthcare services to the people, promote establishment of hospital infrastructure, medical and allied educational infrastructure and establish Jammu and Kashmir as a destination of choice for health care service providers in the private sector, besides promoting medical tourism, added the spokesman.
It is noteworthy to mention that private healthcare sector in the State has not come up like in other States with around 80% of the healthcare facilities being provided by the public sector. In the absence of private sector, there is huge rush of patients in the Government institutions which affects the quality of patient care available.
The spokesman said that there are many Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Sub Centres functioning from rented buildings with some being under staffed. As per the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) norms, J&K still requires 69 new community Health Centres, 222 PHCs and 1396 Sub Centres. Even for implementation of Ayushmaan Bharat, Hospitals, Nursing Homes would be required in private sector for its implementation.
Meanwhile, the State Administrative Council (SAC) also approved holding of elections for constitution of Block Development Council in the State (2nd Tier), after issuance of necessary notification in this behalf in consultation with Chief Electoral Officer, J&K and as per dates to be announced by him.
Pertinent to mention that Section 27 of the J&K Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 1989, provides for constitution of a Block Development Council for every block. Every Block Development Council shall be a body headed by a Chairperson and other Members.
Chairperson of the Block Development Council shall be elected by the Electoral College comprising Panchs and Sarpanchs of Halqa Panchayat falling within the Block.
The object of constituting Block Development Council is to establish second tier of PRI institutions for (i) implementation/monitoring of several Centrally Sponsored Schemes like RGSA, MGNREGA, 14th Finance Commission and other schemes transferred to Halqa Panchayats; (ii) preparation and implementation of schemes of inter-Halqa Panchayats; (iii) consolidation of Action Plans of Halqa Panchayats and their submission to the District Planning and Development Board; (iv) ensuring the inter-departmental coordination at the Block level for the implementation of various schemes, an official spokesman said.