New Delhi: The Centre is mulling to pressurize state governments to increase their shares in the health sector. Before initiating its flagship scheme National Rural Health Mission, the Union Government had already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the states in this regard.

Sources said, a lots need to be done to implement the NRHM properly. The Centre will apprise the states that they should steadily increase their budget allocation for health.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself had announced that fund allocated to health sector be increased to 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. But the finance and health ministry officials are of view that the budgetary allocation for health sector seems to be lagging behind the target. The joint expenditure of the Centre and the states was 1.25 percent of the GDP.

The Central Government had allocated Rs 26, 760 crore to the health sector, out of which 24, 315 crore was spent by the Health Ministry. The United Progressive Alliance-I had taken initiative in this direction. In the 2012 general budget, it was increased by Rs 2.7000 crore.