NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation recently launched Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan in 112 Aspirational Districts.
- Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan aims to assist district administrations in providing home-care support to Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
- It will provide covid home-care support to 20 lakh citizens by educating caretakers to follow COVID protocols, provide psychosocial support, etc.
- The Abhiyaan is a part of a special initiative, Aspirational Districts Collaborative, in which local leaders, civil societies and volunteers work with district administrations to address emerging problems across key focus areas of the Aspirational Districts Programme.
- It will be led by district magistrates in partnership with over 1000 local NGOs, which will enlist and train over 1 lakh volunteers to connect with patients through inbound and outbound calls.
- This campaign will also be supported by Piramal Foundation. It will work with district magistrates to support the training of NGOs and volunteers.
- The significance of the initiative is that it will provide long-term support to India’s poorest communities in Aspirational Districts by addressing impact of COVID-19.
- It will play a key role in district preparedness to manage nearly 70 percent of COVID cases at home which in turn will reduce pressure on health system.
- It will also carry capacity building of citizens for correct usage of Oxygen concentrators supplied to these districts.
- In keeping with PM Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022, the Government of India launched the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ in January 2018.
- Its main objective is to transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.
- As of March 2020, NITI Aayog is working with stakeholders in 112 aspirational districts as West Bengal is not participating in this exercise.
About NITI Aayog:
- NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India (GoI). NITI refers to the National Institution For Transforming India.
- It was established on 1 January 2015 with an objective to foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation.
- The Governing Council of NITI, with The Prime Minister as its Chairman, comprises Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories (UTs).
- The current CEO of NITI Aayog is Amitabh Kant.
About Piramal Foundation:
- Piramal Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Piramal Group.
- It was founded in 2006.
- The foundation undertakes projects under the four broad areas – healthcare, education, livelihood creation and youth empowerment.
- These projects are rolled out in partnership with various communities, corporate citizens, NGO’s and government bodies.
- Ajay Piramal who is one of India’s leading industrialists and philanthropists is the Chairman of the Piramal Group.