Ayushman Sahakar scheme
✓Launched by: Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
✓Formulated by: National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), the apex autonomous development finance institution under the Ministry of Agriculture.
✓It is a unique scheme to assist cooperatives to play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country.
✓NCDC would extend term loans to prospective cooperatives to the tune of Rs.10, 000 Crore in the coming years.
✓There are about 52 hospitals across the country run by cooperatives.
✓The NCDC fund would give a boost to provision of healthcare services by cooperatives.
✓Ayushman Sahakar specifically covers establishment, modernization, expansion, repairs, renovation of hospitals and healthcare and education infrastructure.
✓Any Cooperative Society with suitable provision in its byelaws to undertake healthcare related activities would be able to access the NCDC fund.
✓NCDC assistance will flow either through the State Governments/ UT Administrations or directly to the eligible cooperatives.
✓The scheme shall provide working capital and margin money to meet operational requirements.
✓The scheme shall also provide interest subvention of 1% to women majority cooperatives.
✓It is in line with the National Digital Health Mission and National Health Policy, 2017.