Legislative amendment submitted to transfer NSPA to Gender Ministry

National Social Protection Agency (NSPA). (File Photo/Haveeru)

A legislative amendment has been submitted to the Parliament to transfer the management of National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) to Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services.

NSPA is currently under the management of Ministry of Health.

The legislative amendment to the National Health Insurance System Act was submitted on behalf of the Maldivian administration by Manadhoo MP Ahmed Haroon.

Haroon says the management of NSPA should be under the Gender Ministry – which is charged with social affairs responsibilities, instead of the Health Ministry – which is charged formulating health service polices.

His bill calls for the amendment of the word “minister” in Article 42 (a) of the National Health Insurance System Act to “the cabinet minister charged with formulating social services policies”.

The amendment is designed to come to effect the moment it passed by the Parliament, ratified by the President, and published on the Government Gazette.

The first reading of the bill is scheduled to be held at the Parliament later this Wednesday.