The Punjab government will strengthen village health, sanitation and nutrition committees, giving more powers and wider operational areas.
Senior medical officers or medical officers concerned have been asked to periodically review the functioning of these committees.
Stating this on Wednesday, health and family welfare minister Surjit Kumar Jyani said prominent personalities, NGOs and elected panchayat representatives of each village would be involved to ensure the effective implementation of rural health education and care, sanitation and nutritional plans.
He added that the committees would also have a woman panchayat member belonging to the Scheduled Castes as the chairperson, ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers as the secretary, and anganwari workers and retired army personnel or academician as members. The committees would mainly ensure transmission and implementation of government schemes and plans formulated for rural areas of the state.
The minister said the state government had allocated an annual fund of Rs 10,000 per village for the maintenance of health and hygiene, besides holding health camps and addressing other emergent needs.