Ama Hospitals: Odisha Government To Transform 147 Health Facilities under 5T Initiative

Bhubaneswar: In a major boost to healthcare across the state, the Odisha government has decided to transform 147 health facilities into Ama Hospitals under the 5T initiative by October this year in the first phase. The scheme will be implemented in different phases and funds for the projects will be provided from the state budget.

According to a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department, the District Magistrates will implement the scheme with the help of the District Committee (DLC), which will make estimates through experts from the line department.

Estimates are to be discussed in the District Committee and the approval of the Collector-cum-DM is to be obtained. The DLC will select the implementing agency as per the due process prescribed in the OPWD and OGFR Code. The DLC will also monitor the progress of activities under the ‘Ama Hospitals’ scheme, he added.

Collectors will provide A/A for construction works up to Rs 4 crore for non-residential works and approve procurement of goods up to Rs 25 crore. In the event that the value of the work and goods exceeds the above financial limit, DHS approval must be obtained. Procurement of equipment is done in accordance with government standards. The funds will be released to the benefit of the implementing agencies by the office of the district municipality.

Funds for the implementation of the scheme will be provided from the state budget both under the capital head and under the revenue head, which will be placed with the district collectors of the districts outside the OMF.

Districts that have access to DMF and OMBADC funds will use these funding sources to implement the Ama Hospital program in their districts. In case of any shortage, the H&FW department must be informed for funding from the state budget.

The District Office will maintain all records related to the implementation of the scheme for audit purposes and provide UC to H&FW Department for review and records.


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