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Health and Family Welfare

Vision and Mission


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


The Vertical provides advice and policy guidance to key stakeholders involved in public health development and management. The Vertical engages with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of AYUSH, Department of Pharmaceuticals, National Health Authority, State Governments as well as local governments in formulating policies, programmes, initiatives and reforms related to health finance, public health management, urban health, medical devices, drugs, pricing policy and digital health.  The Vertical also collaborates with various reputed national and international academic institutions, research organisations, development partners and eminent experts to advance the discussion towards making long-term impacts on policy approaches for public health sector in India.

Core Functions

  • To evaluate evolving policv and strategic guidelines pertaining to:

    i)  Health & Family welfare with a special reference to the flagship programme, 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 health sector.
  • Engaging with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and examining current policies, strategies and programmes, both at State level and Centre and suggest appropriate modifications/ mid- course corrections
  • To deal with policies relating to Drug, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, pricing and manufacturing and analyse process relating to regulatory pathways including clinical trials, drug development and manufacturing.
  • Analyzing and providing comments on various health sector schemes, programmes and projects through the appraisal of preliminary project reports; analysing and providing comments for proposals under the Executive Finance Committee and Standing Finance Committee; 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.
  • Conducting research with research organizations and development partners and discussions with eminent experts in the domains of public health management, urban health management, health finance and insurance, medical device manufacturing, etc.

Who’s Who

S. No.


Email IDs


Dr Rakesh Sarwal, Additional Secretary


Mr Shoyabahmed Kalal, Deputy Secretary


Dr K. Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant


Ms Nina Badgaiyan, Senior Consultant


Vaidya Rajeshwari Singh


Vaidya Shobhit Kumar


Dr Tanu Kathuria, Economic Officer


Mr Prasanth Regy, Consultant


Mr Anurag Kumar, Senior Associate


Ms Deepjyot Kaur, Associate


Vineet Kumar Grover, SO


Surendra Kumar Patnaik, ASO



  • ICRIER, New Delhi
  • PwC
  • IIPH Gandhinagar,
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • IIPA, Delhi
  • NIPFP, Delhi


Line Ministries

  1. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Dept. of Health Research.
  2. Ministry of AYUSH.
  3. Department of Pharmaceuticals.




Projects (Current and Upcoming)


  • Report on health insurance for India’s missing middle population
  • Report on increasing access to hospitals in Tier 2 and 3 cities in India
  • A Feasibility Study to develop models of urban primary health care delivery under ULBs- with ADB
  • Providing support to States in the upgradation of District Hospitals to Medical Colleges through the PPP mode.
  • White paper on promoting domestic manufacturing of medical devices;
  • Integrative Health Policy- The Integrative Health Policy aims to bring best practices of modern medicine and AYUSH systems come together without losing its own system identity with a robust referral system to provide comprehensive health care to an individual and the community. Integrative Health Policy is an attempt to align the AYUSH systems with the modern healthcare system for developing strategies for healthy ageing, preventive healthcare model and controlling healthcare expenditure to provide comprehensive health care to an individual and the community.
  • District Hospital Index


  • Paper on health systems learnings for India from advanced economies