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One day sensitization workshop on 100 days impact initiative on Swasth SHG Pariwar was organized by Manipur Development Agency (MUDA) in Imphal on Wednesday.

Swasth SHG Pariwar is an initiative to link all the eligible Self-Help Group (SHG) members with the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) and POSHAN Abhiyaan besides organizing health check-up for all SHG members by October 2 this year.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has initiated Swastha SHG Pariwar as an impactful intervention to address the out of pocket expenditure on treatment of illness which is one of the important determinants of urban poverty.

MoHUA will implement Swastha SHG Pariwar under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana -National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM) which consists of over 38 lakh urban poor households across the country.

Swasth SHG Pariwar aims to substantially improve access of SHG members to quality healthcare in empanelled hospitals and improve their overall standard of living on a sustainable basis.

In Manipur, workshops will be organized at the state level of the functionaries of NULM, National Health Mission, Women and Child Development and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) officials to sensitise on the objectives of the Swasth SHG Pariwar.

Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Commissioner M Joy Singh of MAHUD; and its Director Th Harikumar Singh, CEO N Bandana Devi of State Health Agency, Director Ng Uttam Singh of Social Welfare Department attended the workshop.

Elected members including chairperson and vice chairperson of the various ULBs, Executive Officers of various ULBs, SHGs, officials of MUDA and others also present during the gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, MAHUD Minister Shyamkumar said that coordination between various departments is essential for the success of the Swasth SHG Pariwar.

He hoped that concerned departments will jointly work and the eligible SHG members will get benefitted.

In her speech, CEO N Bandana said so far 1.3 lakh beneficiaries out of eligible 14 lakhs population of the State under Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), 2011 are covered free hospitalization of upto Rs 5 lakh per year per family under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).

Those excluded under the SECC 2011 can avail benefit of free hospitalization upto Rs two lakh per year per family under the Chief Ministergi Hakshel-gi Tengbang (CMHT).

Treatment packages of 2,543 are provided under the AB-PMJAY and 1,844 under the CMHT, she added.

So far 4,400 beneficiaries availed medical treatment benefits under the AB-PMJAY in the State and 129 beneficiaries received medical treatment outside the State.

Director Uttam Singh of Social Welfare Department also spoke on the occasion.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com

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