Ni-kshay Poshan Yojana

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    • The Union Health Ministry has launched the Ni-kshay Poshan Yojana in 2018 as part of National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP).

    More about the Ni-kshay Poshan Yojana

    • About:
      • The scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme under National Health Mission (NHM). 
      • All notified TB patients are beneficiaries of the scheme. 
      • Financial incentive:
        • Scheme provides for the financial incentive of Rs.500/- per month for each notified TB patient for the duration for which the patient is on anti-TB treatment.
      • DBT component:
        • The scheme is registered under Direct Benefit Transfer. The incentives can be distributedin Cash (only via DBT preferably through Aadhaar enabled bank accounts) or in-kind.
    • Ni-kshay Mitras:
      • Ni-kshay Mitras can adopt and care for TB patients.They are volunteers who could be individuals, NGOs, co-operative societies, corporates, and even political parties.
      • They commit to help the TB patients through nutritional support, nutritional supplements, additional investigations and vocational support.
      • This public health initiative has already shown good uptake. 
        • Within three months of its launch, more than 52,000  Ni-kshay Mitras have registered. 
    • E-Nikshay platform
      • It is developed and maintained by the Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC), and the World Health Organization.
      • It is the web-enabled patient management system for TB control under the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP). 
      • Each TB patient whether public or private sector notified must be notified on the Nikshay platform.

    Source: PIB