THE STATE Government on Monday issued a notification for the merger of Medical Health and Family Welfare departments. Principal Secretary (Medical Health) Arun Kumar Mishra has been entrusted with the task of looking after the affair of both the departments. Mishra’s designation will be principal secretary (Medical Health and Family Welfare).
However, besides having a common principal secretary, there will be no change in the set-up of both the departments.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav will continue to have the portfolio of Medical Health, while Ahmed Hasan will be the minister of Family Welfare Department.
Both the departments will have separate Directorates and director generals.
Talking to HT, Ahmed Hasan said that the decision to have a common principal secretary was taken to remove confusion in the working of both the departments. “The Union Government is launching several health schemes in the State,” he said. The principal secretary, (Medical Health and Family Welfare), will sign a MoU with the Central agencies.
Mishra said that with the merger of both the departments, the national health programmes would be implemented effectively. The responsibility of the officers in both the departments would be fixed for the execution of the health programmes.
During the launch of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the first week of September 2005, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss urged Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to merge both the departments, as two separate units were creating hurdle in the implementation of the NRHM.
“Several states have already merged the two departments following the Centre’s directive. UP should also follow suit,” Ramadoss said.