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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

What's Ayushman Sahkar Scheme?

Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has started the 'Ayushman Sahkar' scheme on October 19, 2020. The scheme has been formatted by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) which is responsible for the welfare of agriculture and farmer and also the highest autonomous development finance institute under the ministry of agriculture..

About this scheme:

»Under this scheme, loans will be provided for opening of hospitals, medical colleges in rural areas to the cooperative institutions. 

- NCDC has announced a loan of 10 thousand crores for this in the next few years.

Around 52 hospitals in the country are operated by cooperative societies. Number of beds in these hospitals are 
5,000.

- Under this scheme, interest subsidy is also provided to those cooperatives where women cooperatives have a significant presence throughout the country and especially in rural areas. 



Cooperative societies are working among the farmers in various fields. Among them, there are some cooperative societies which also runs the hospital. On the other hand, there is a severe shortage of health facilities in rural areas. All of the government despite efforts, the private sector is not coming forward to invest in health services in rural areas. The government believes that the health of the rural areas by linking the cooperatives already working there will be a radical change in delivery of services. 

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