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NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR CONTROL OF BLINDNESS

(1)INTRODUCTION

National Programme for Control  of Blindness [NPCB] was launched in the year 1976 as a 100% centrally sponsored programme with the goal of achieving a prevalence rate of 0.3% of population by 2020. The strategy of the programme is :

To identify the curable blind in the State;

By Strengthening service delivery;

Developing human resources for eye care;

Promoting outreach activities and public awareness and

Developing institutional capacity.

        The implementation of the programme was decentralized in 1994-95 with formation  of District Health Society in each district of the country . The Government of India has been issuing guidelines from time to time to utilize the funds released to the District Health Society in an effective and efficient manner. The District Health Society is expected to enhance the coverage and improve quality of eye care services in the district.

Grant in Aid

The NPCB is funded by GOI. The funds will be released by the GOI to State Blindness Control Society (or State Health & Family Welfare Society) Punjab. The funds will be released by GOI based on the Annual Action Plan submitted. GOI will release funds in two equal installment in a financial year, first installment will be I equivalent to 50% of the Plan budget. The second installment will however be released on basis of progress made an expenditure incurred during the financial year. The funds provided to State Health Society will be distributed to District Health Society as per requirement and district plan of action. The following documents pertaining to the previous financial year by 30th June of the current financial year:

a)

Statement on performance and expenditure

b)

Audited Statement of Accounts

c)

Utilization Certificate

d)

State Annual Action Plan for the current financial year.

Procurement of Goods

The DBCS is permitted to procure consumable including the Drugs, Medical and instruments required for ophthalmic surgery in Govt. facilitates which have been notified as based hospital for eye care services. This may include DH,SDH including CHCs where

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