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Health & Family Welfare
Health and Family Welfare

The vision of the Health and Family Welfare Division is to provide policy inputs aligned to the National Health Policy 2017 and make India’s health sector robust, economically affordable, and accessible.

The Division provides advice and policy guidance to key stakeholders involved in public health development and management. It engages with the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and AYUSH, the Department of Pharmaceuticals, the National Health Authority, State and local governments.  The Division also collaborates with reputed international and national academic institutions, research organisations, development partners and eminent experts to advance the discussion towards making long-term impacts on policy approaches for the public health sector.

Core Functions


  • To evaluate policies and schemes pertaining to:
    i)  Health and family welfare, with a special focus on the National Health Mission (NHM).
    ii)  AYUSH
    iii) Health research
    iv) Pharmaceuticals

  • To design strategic and long-term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives for improving health access and health outcomes in the sector.

  • To engage with relevant Ministries and Departments, examine current policies, strategies and programmes, both at the Central and state levels, and suggest appropriate modifications or mid-course corrections.

  • Analyzing and providing comments on various health-sector schemes, programmes, and projects through the appraisal of preliminary project reports; and for proposals under the EFC and SFC. Reviewing and commenting on Cabinet Notes.

  • Developing strategy papers on various thematic areas and factors that affect urban health, investment and growth opportunities in health, health finance, and insurance, etc.

  • Conducting research and analysis with reputed organisations, academic institutions and development partners and facilitate discussions with eminent experts in the domain of public health management, urban health management, health finance and insurance, medical device manufacturing, etc.

Who’s Who
Name Designation Email ID
Dr. Rajeswara Rao Special Secretary asrao[dot]niti[at]gov[dot]in
Rajib Kumar Sen Sr. Adviser rajib[dot]singh[at]nic[dot]in
Shoyabahmed Kalal Deputy Secretary s[dot]kalal[at]nic[dot]in
Dr. K. Madan Gopal Senior Consultant k[dot]madangopal[at]gov[dot]in
Dr. Bhanu Duggal OSD bhanu[dot]duggal[at]gov[dot]in
Dr. Sumana Arora Sr. Consultant sumana[dot]arora[at]govcontractor[dot]in
Vd. Rajeshwari Singh Research Officer (Ayurveda) vdrajeshwari[dot]singh[at]nic[dot]in
Vd. Shobhit Kumar Research Officer (Ayurveda) shobhit[dot]kumar[at]gov[dot]in
Vd. Vikas Nariyal Research Officer (Ayurveda) vikas[dot]nariyal[at]gov[dot]in
Dr. Hafsa Ahmad Consultant  hafsa[dot]ahmad[at]govcontractor[dot]in
Rishita Mukherjee Consultant  rishita[dot]mukherjee[at]govcontractor[dot]in
Vineet Kumar Grover SO vk[dot]grover[at]nic[dot]in
Vaishnavi Iyer Young Professional vaishnavi.i[at]nic[dot]in
Surendra Kumar Patnaik ASO patnaik[dot]s[at]gov[dot]in 
Mr. Meesala Bharath Yadav ASO bharath[dot]yadav[at]gov[dot]in
  • ICRIER, New Delhi

  • PwC India

  • IIPH Gandhinagar

  • PGIMER, Chandigarh

  • IIPA, Delhi

  • NIPFP, Delhi

Line Ministries


  • Department of Health Research
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 
  • Ministry of AYUSH
  • Department of Pharmaceuticals



Healthy States, Progressive India: Health Index Round IV 2019-20 (December, 2021) Download
Emergency and Injury Care at District Hospitals in India Download
Emergency and Injury Care at Secondary and Tertiary Level Centres in India Download
Home-based Management of COVID-19: Best Practices Adopted by States (November 2021) Download
Health Insurance for India’s Missing Middle (October 2021) Download
Best practices in the performance of District Hospitals (September 2021) Download
Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Catalyst (HAIC) Pilot Study (July 2021) Download
Study on Not-for-Profit Hospital model in India (June 2021) Download
Investment Opportunities in India's Healthcare Sector (March 2021) Download
Health & Nutrition Practice Insight Vol. II (August 2020) Download
Report on Mitigation and Management of COVID-19  (November 2020) Download
Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India Download
Strategy Overview: Making India a Digital Health Nation Enabling Digital Healthcare for all (July 2020) Download
Health System for a New India: Building Blocks (November 2019) Download
Round 2: Healthy States Progressive India - Report on the Ranks of States and Union Territories (June 2019) Download
Round 1: Healthy States Progressive India - Report on the Ranks of States and Union Territories (February 2018) Download
Guidelines for sharing of Bio-specimen & data for research related to COVID-19 (April 2020) Download
Agreement for Public-Private Partnership for Non-Communicable Diseases (October 2018) Download
Guidelines for Public-Private Partnership for Non-Communicable Diseases (October 2018) Download
Healthy States, Progressive India: Health Index Round IV 2019-20 Download


  1. Increasing access to hospitals in Tier 2 and 3 cities

  2. A feasibility study to develop models of urban primary health care delivery under ULBs, with ADB 

  3. Providing support to States in the upgradation of district hospitals to medical colleges through the PPP mode

  4. Integrative Health Policy: The Integrative Health Policy aims to bring best practices of modern medicine and AYUSH systems together to provide comprehensive healthcare to an individual and the community

  5.  The Health of Our Hospitals: Tracking the Performance of District Hospitals (Round II)


  1. Health System Learnings for India from Advanced Economies