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Assam, Tripura and Manipur along with Haryana, Kerala, Punjab and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have been adjudged as the top performers on key health indicators as pronounced by the National Health Mission (NHM).

A survey compiled by the NHM under the supervision of union health ministry named ‘Health Systems Strengthening – Conditionality Report of States for 2018-19 found that Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh along with hill states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and J&K have not done well in improving health indicators.

At least 14 states and union territories were penalised under the National Health Mission for not performing on various health parameters in 2018-19.

“Those states which have not done well will lose 20 per cent of the National Health Mission (NHM) funds,” said Manoj Jhalani, additional secretary and mission director of National Health Mission (NHM) of government of India.

The hilly states – Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir – have received penalty due to non-fulfilment of conditionality.

Out of the 8 northeastern states, four could not meet the eligibility criteria.

Of the remaining states, Assam, Tripura and Manipur earned incentives, the report stated.

The health ministry on Wednesday released the survey report which will form the basis for disbursement of performance-based incentive or penalty under NHM budget.

The Conditionalities Framework for 2018-19 comprised seven key parameters including operationalisation of health and wellness centres (HWCs), provisioning of mental health services in districts covered under the NHM programme, screening of 30 plus population for non-communicable diseases and grading of primary health centres.

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