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NITI Aayog rolls out Performance on Health Outcomes index

The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayoga along with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has rolled out Performance on Health Outcomes index to rank States on the basis of their performance on measurable health indicators.

The index was developed with inputs from domestic and international experts, including academicians and development partners as well as feedback from States.

Key features of the index
  • Capture the annual incremental improvements of the states, rather than focusing on historical achievements.gst-coucil-meeting
  • Includes indicators in the domains of health outcomes governance and information and a few key inputs and processes.
  • Envisioned to bring about the much required improvements in social sector outcomes, which have not so far kept pace with the economic growth of the country.
  • Mainly will be used to propel actions of states to improve health outcomes and improve data collection systems.
  • Includes monitorable indicators that form part of Sustainable Development Goal in Health.
  • Serve as an input for providing performance-based incentives, assist in State-level monitoring of performance and improvement in health outcomes.
  • Involves the participation of several partners including technical assistance from the World Bank, mentor agencies to hand-hold states and third party organisations to validate the data submitted prior to calculation of the index.


MEA announces new rules to ease process of getting passport  

The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced new passport rules by changing Passport Rules, 1980 in order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport.

The new rules aim to speed up and simplify the passport delivery process and will help single mothers, orphaned children, and sadhus obtain passports with ease. It will also eliminate the role of non-government agents and touts. Besides, passport-related grievances will now be handled on the social media platform of Twitter.

Under new rules
  • Birth certificate is no longer mandatory for getting passport. Applicants can submit PAN Card, birth certificate, voter id, Aadhaar, driving licence.
  • Henceforth, applicant of online passport application will only need to provide the name of only one parent and not both or of legal guardian.
  • This will enable single parents to apply for passports for their children. Besides, married applicants will not be required to provide any marriage certificate.
  • The application form does not require the applicants to provide the name of their spouse in case of separated or divorced persons.
  • Married applicants can apply for passport without attaching their marriage certificate.
  • Holy men can now apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual guru, instead of biological parents.
  • However, they have to provide a document such as voter ID, which records the name of the guru against the column for parent’s name.