Government Schemes Current Affairs - 2020

NHRR Project: Government launches India’s first Nationwide Healthcare Establishment Census

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) Project. It is country’s first ever healthcare establishment census to collect data of all public and private healthcare establishments.

NHRR Project

NHRR Project aims to strengthen evidence-based decision making and develop platform for citizen and provider-centric services by creating robust, standardized and secured IT-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources. The census will be conducted under Collection of Statistics Act 2008.

It will comprehensively collect information of both, private and public healthcare establishments including Indian Railways, ESIC, Defence and Petroleum healthcare establishments. It will capturing data on over 1,400 variables of over 20 lakh healthcare establishments like hospitals, clinics, doctors, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and nursing homes.

The exercise will involve approximately 4,000 trained professionals who will approach every healthcare establishment for information collection. For this census, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) has been actively engaging with key stakeholders including leading associations, allied ministries and several private healthcare service providers. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is technology partner for this project mainly for data security.

Expected outcomes of NHRR project

It will provide comprehensive data on all health resources including private doctors, health facilities, chemists and diagnostics labs. It will establish NHRR for evidence based decision making – aligned with Digital India mission. It will enhance coordination between central and state government for optimization of health resources, making live and realistic state Project Implementation Plans (PIPs). It will also improve accessibility of data at all levels, including State Head of Departments, thus, decentralize decision making in healthcare sector at district and state level for effective implementation government policies. It will enable advanced research towards ongoing and forthcoming healthcare challenges arising from other determinants of health like – disease, environment etc.

Government launches National Digital Library of India

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched National Digital Library of India (NDLI) on the occasion of National Reading Day (observed on June 17) in New Delhi. NDLI’s objective is to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.

National Digital Library of India (NDLI)

NDLI is project of Ministry of HRD under the aegis of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

NDLI has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. It is single window platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources. It is open to all at free of cost.

It is digital repository 17 million-plus items containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media) in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions.

It has been designed to hold content of any language and provides learning and research interface support for leading Indian languages. It is arranged to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners from all disciplines and in all popular form of access devices and also to differently-abled learners.