State Public Health Dr Deepak Sawant said that the Malaysian government’s PEMANDU’s BFR will be used for reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to single digit
The Maharashtra government will adopt Malaysian government Performance, Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) devised Big Fast Result (BFR) methodology for special performance in select areas of School Education and Sports, Public Health and Water Supply and Sanitation departments. The state cabinet gave its nod in the cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.
State Public Health Dr Deepak Sawant said that the Malaysian government’s PEMANDU’s BFR will be used for reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to single digit. The government will earmark Rs 26 crore per year for the implementation of the program in the state. The Government of India’s Niti Aayog had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PEMANDU to implement the methodology in the country.
According to the Cabinet decision, the methodology will be used to improve the academic performance of students in primary and secondary medium in School Education and Sports department, reducing IMR in tribal areas of the state to single digit in Public Health department and reviving shut down rural water supply schemes under the Water Supply and Sanitation department. Public health minister said, “PEMANDU has implemented programs in reducing IMR in African countries like Tanzania. The current IMR in the state is 21 percent at present.” “The Lab Process of the PEMANDU involves two stages of Lab 1 and Lab 2. In Lab 1 the issues are identified and in Lab 2 best solutions available at hand are devised and put for implementation,” Dr Sawant added.
An official said, “To implement this methodology, a ministerial committee,headed by Minister for Planning, will be set up. Apart from this, another committee,headed by Principal Secretary (Planning), will be constituted for implementation of the project, distribution of funds and coordination of concerned three departments. The 11 week programs will be rolled out through the Lab Process based on the outcomes fixed.
He also said PEMANDU is known for devising the highly successful governments flagship water conservation program Jalyukta Shivar under which measures like digging trenches, widening culverts and water harvesting techniques aimed at increasing ground water tables in the state.