Govt approves merger of NIMH with ICMR-NIOH

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  1. The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of National Institute of Miners Health(NIMH) with ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health(NIOH).
  2. The merger will prove beneficial to both the Institutes in terms of enhanced expertise in the field of occupational health besides the efficient management of public money.
  3. Further,experts have welcomed the move as NIMH dedicated to miners health will now officially come under the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
  4. National Institute of Miners’ Health(NIMH) is an autonomous Institute under Ministry of Mines,Government of India.It was set up by the in 1990 and was registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act,1960.
  5. NIMH conducts applied research in occupational health and hygiene and specializes in providing technical support services to mining and mineral based Industry.
  6. The NIOH is the premier institute under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) under the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.It was established in 1966 by the government of India. 
  7. The objectives of NIOH is to support the national policy makers for adopting an appropriate policy in the field of occupational health which includes occupational medicine and occupational hygiene.