H&ME releases Rs 184 cr as 1st payment of policy premium for AB-PMJAY

Forms panel to scrutinize projects for PPP viability

Irfan Tramboo

Srinagar, Mar 19: The Government has released the first instalment of premium amounting to over Rs 184 crore for the policy period covering until next March of next year for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PM JAY) and SEHAT Scheme in J&K.
The funds have been released by the Health & Medical Education (H&ME) to be further credited to the State Health Agency (SHA), J&K for the policy period from March 12, 2023, to March 14, 2024.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the release of funds to the extent of Rs 184.44 crore in favour of Director Finance, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K during 2022-23,” the order issued in this regard said.
As per details, the advance drawl of the funds has been made in favour of the Director Finance, Health & Medical Education Department, out of the budget available under the existing classification, and Grant-in-Aid for its onward credit into the official accounts of Chief Executive Officer, SHA-Ayushman Bharat, PMJAY, J&K.
As per details, under the detailed head of Rent Rates & Taxes Rs 108.73 cr have been released while under Grant-in-Aid of Rs 75.71 has been released.
The utilization of the funds by the CEO, SHA, AB PM-JAY, J&K has been made subject to the conditions which include the CEO and Accounts Officer, Ayushman Bharat (PMJAY), J&K shall vouchsafe the availability of funds.
The expenditure, as per the details, shall be booked on admissible items as approved by the competent authority and all the codal formalities as per GFR 2017 should be followed while incurring expenditure out of the funds already authorized.
“The funds shall be utilized for the specific purpose only without any deviation; UCs / Red Accounts of the advance drawl shall be furnished to the concerned quarters within the stipulated time,” the H&ME said.
Meanwhile, the H&ME has also ordered the constitution of a Project Screening Committee for the selection and recommendation of potential projects to be undertaken by the Department through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The panel will have Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K, Director Finance, Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Director Coordination, New GMCs, J&K, Managing Director, JKMSCL, Director/Jt. Director (Planning), H&ME Department, Additional Secretary (Health), H&ME Department, Additional Secretary (Legal), H&ME Department and Deputy Secretary (Medical Education), H&ME Department.
The H&ME stated that the committee shall scrutinize all the projects received from line HoDs and select/recommend the Economically/Financially viable projects having the potential to be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to the concerned quarters for consideration.