To mark the World Tuberculosis Day, the Health Ministry also launched a major nationwide campaign "TB Harega, Desh Jeetega" featuring Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan to combat the disease.

The actor, who was unable to attend the event, sent a special message reaffirming his support to the campaign against a disease he himself had battled in 2000.

Nadda also said various stakeholders, including people's representatives at various levels could play a "crucial" role in fighting the disease in the country.

"Let me assure you, funds has never been a problem and will never be a problem. It is the issue of filling of the gaps. It is the improvement of systems. Problems have not arisen due to lack of funds, it has come because either we did not monitor or we could not make it effective. We have to plug the gaps," the Health Minister said during the event.

He said that although the Centre is providing funds, there are many states, where it is no proper utilisation and therefore, the system is also a very important factor which has to be taken into consideration.

Nadda also launched the website of the National TB Control Programme, released the RNTCP Annual Report 2015 along with the special issue on TB of the Global Policy Journal. He also launched the project on "Innovative-intensified TB cases finding and appropriate treatment at high burden ART Centres in India.

"All stakeholders have their own constituencies of influences with their own significant impact factor. Their involvement will enrich policy-making and effective implementation of the TB control programme in the country," he said.

Meanwhile Bacchan in his message said that it is a matter of great pride and honour for him to be associated with India's dedicated efforts towards the goal of a TB-free India.     

"This World TB Day, I urge my fellow countrymen to be more vigilant against the causes and symptoms of the disease, so that we can fight it with greater success...

"...History has shown us that whenever we have stood together to eradicate a disease from our soil, we have done it and I truly believe with our combined might that TB Harega Desh Jeetega," he said.

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