AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR scheme has been designed by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).
20 October 2020 Current Affairs:Central Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR scheme on October 19, 2020. The scheme is a special way to assist cooperatives to play an essential role in the creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country. Highlights: ♦ AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR scheme has been designed by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). ♦ National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC )would extend term loans to prospective cooperatives to the tune of 10 thousand crores in the upcoming years. ♦ The pandemic has brought into focus the requirement of creation of more facilities. The fund by NCDC would give a boost to the provision of healthcare services by cooperatives. ♦ The scheme will be a step towards strengthening farmer's welfare activities by the Union Government. ♦ Ayushman Sahakar scheme fund would also assist cooperative hospitals in taking up medical / Ayush education. NCDC’s scheme aligns itself with the focus of the National Health Policy, 2017, covering the health systems in all their dimensions. ♦ NCDC's scheme also provides working capital and margin money to meet operational requirements. The scheme provides interest subvention of one percent to women majority cooperatives. ♦ NCDC was established under an Act of Parliament in 1963 for the promotion and development of cooperatives. Since 1963, it has extended around Rs.1.60 lakh crore as loans to cooperatives.