Maharashtra government plans to set up a vigilance squad to audit National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds.
Speaking at an NHRM review meeting, state health minister Suresh Shetty said that the need of the hour was to ensure that funds are used effectively and there is no scope for misuse in the wake of the misappropriation of funds which came to light in some states recently.
"Apart from the vigilance squad, accounts officers should be appointed to audit the accounts at district level," he said.
The minister urged retired police officers to be appointed on the state level vigilance cell and a separate training module should be prepared for NHRM employees at the taluka level.
He said under the NHRM, the infant mortality rate has come down from 36 per cent to 28 per cent. Child deliveries in hospitals has gone up from 53 per cent to 91 per cent. To reduce the incidence of infant deaths, new born care units have been set up in 203 hospitals in 33 districts.
Similarly, there are new born care corners in 1024 primary health care centres. As many as 1787 specialist doctors have been made available at government hospitals in the state and blood tranfusion services have been made available at 160 health centres.
He said that mobile shops of generic medicines will be made available through women's self help groups and asked health department officials to prepare a scheme in this regard.
The network of women's self help groups in rural areas is vast and hence they can start mobile shops of generic medicines. This would enable women to avail of employment opportunities, he said.