Health minister Vishwajit Rane will chair the newly-constituted district level vigilance and monitoring committee to monitor the progress of implementation of the national rural health mission (NRHM), as directed by the central ministry of health and family welfare.
Both Goan Lok Sabha members will be members of the committee that will also include two MLAs from either district, collectors and zilla panchayat chairpersons of both districts and the director of the department of women and child development. Other members include the directors of education, panchayats, social welfare, the PWD chief engineer and project director of the district rural development agency. The director of health services will be the member secretary and convenor of the committee.
The committee and its terms of reference have also been notified. The terms of reference of the committee include a responsibility to review the progress of the annual state health action plan under the NRHM and provide guidelines. The committee will review the release of funds by the Centre, the state’s utilization and the unspent balance.
The committee must undertake regular monitoring visits to the field, visit to the peripheral health facilities and assess their performance including drug availability. It must ensure that a fully functional management structure is in place and is properly utilized. The committee must ensure constructive engagement and participation of all concerned departments in the state for multi-sectoral intervention. It must recommend corrective measures to ensure that the programme objectives are achieved and service is delivered in an effective as well as efficient manner. The committee will meet every three months.