Asserting that funds would not be a constraint for implementation of the Centre-sponsored flagship health programmes in the North-eastern states, Union health minister JP Nadda said in Guwahati last week that the state governments also ought to exhibit the required dynamism to ensure success of the projects, according to a report in the Dimapur-based Nagaland Post.

The minister also announced that Assam would soon have an All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He told the media that the immediate challenge before the North-eastern states was to bring the abysmally low rates of infant mortality, maternal mortality and total fertility up to the national average.

He also asserted that there had been no change in the 90:10 funding pattern for the flagship projects as alleged by the state governments.