Top sources confirmed that the health ministry and the Prime Minister's Office ( PMO) are in regular touch as the NUHM draft is in the final stages of preparation.
The NUHM proposal has been in the pipeline for a year now.
Lay special thrust on vector control in highdensity urban poor settlements and give equal weightage to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities by roping in urban local bodies," the NUHM draft states.
It's this vote bank, mostly living in slums, which the NUHM intends to target.
The target set under the NUHM is to reduce the infant mortality rate in cities by 40 per cent and maternal mortality rate by 50 per cent, besides achieving a total fertility rate up to 2.
The government is also aware of the possibility of manipulation in the NUHM, including fraudulent practices in budget management.
Whether the NUHM and other welfare schemes can offset the damages of the corruption scandals will only be known in 2014.