Multiple activities of the mass programmes like family planning, small pox, leprosy, trachoma, NMEP (maintenance phase), etc. were making it difficult for the states to undertake these effectively because of shortage of funds. A committee of state health secretaries, headed by the Union Health Secretary, Shri Mukherjee, was set up to look into this problem. The committee worked out the details of the Basic Health Service which should be provided at the Block level, and some consequential strengthening required at higher levels of administration.
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