NITI Aayog selects 6 States for transformative change in Health & Education sectors

Aug 9, 2017 10:10 IST

6 states chosen Under NITI Aayog’s SATH initiative=NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog on 8 August 2017 announced its partnership with six states to bring transformative change in Health & Education sectors under its 'Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) ' initiative.

Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka were shortlisted under SATH initiative to transform their health sector. On the other hand, three states namely - Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha – were selected to transform their education sector under its SATH initiative.

To give a major push to competitive, cooperative federalism, the government think tank had invited all states and Union Territories to participate in its SATH initiative to transform Health and Education sectors. States then made presentations for each sector which was assessed by a committee comprised of senior members of NITI Aayog and Health and Human Resources Development ministries.

The States highlighted the initiatives undertaken by them and their willingness to accelerate improvement. On thorough technical evaluation, the chosen States have committed to time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors.

A Program Management Unit to push for efficiency and efficacy in governance structures and service delivery will now be available in the six chosen States for a period of 30 months. It is expected that these three years of focussed attention and support from the premier think tank will lead to a marked transformation and also provide a model for other States to replicate and adapt.

SATH program

Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog on 10 June 2017 launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments.

Vision of the Program: The program seeks to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. It addresses the need expressed by states for technical support from NITI Aayog.

Aim: SATH aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems. NITI will work in close collaboration with their state machinery to design a robust roadmap of intervention, develop a program governance structure, set up monitoring and tracking mechanisms, hand-hold state institutions through the execution stage and provide support on a range of institutional measures to achieve the end objectives.

The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who were selected through a competitive bidding process.

Three-way partnership for selection

To select the three model states, NITI defined a three-stage process and they include

• Expression of interest

• Presentations by the states

• Assessment of commitment to health sector reforms

This three-way partnership between NITI, State Governments and a knowledge partner for each of the sectors is part of the Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) initiative of NITI Aayog.

NITI Aayog

National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs. It is essentially an n advisory body that seeks to provide critical directional and strategic inputs across the spectrum of key elements of policy to the centre.

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