Health and Family Welfare
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.249 TO BE ANSWERED ON 4 TH FEBRUARY, 2020 RKSK IMPLEMENTATION 249. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state: (a) the basis on which the pilot districts for the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) were chosen; (b) whether Government plans to expand the number of blocks under each district, and details thereof; and (c) if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE (SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY) (a) to (c): In January 2014 Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) was launched to address the need and concerns of more than 25 crore adolescents of the country. RKSK is a paradigm shift from the existing clinic-based services to promotion and prevention and reaching adolescents in their own environment, such as in schools, families and communities. Within the community component, along with the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation Programme, the Peer Educator Programme was initiated. To ensure good quality of implementation, this was started as a pilot and districts were selected as per ranking of districts based on Composite Health Index and identified as High Priority Districts (HPDs). During the first phase, about 200 districts were selected by the States for implementation. Within, these districts, 50% of the blocks were covered for implementation of Peer Educator programme in entirety. Government plans to saturate all the blocks in the selected Peer Educator districts first and then expand in remaining districts gradually based on proposals received from States in their Programme Implementation Plans.