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  • Be N By IAS, Delhi
  • 24, Feb 2021
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For : GS-1: Society- Health, GS-2: Governance


The States/Union Territories (UTs) have rolled out the first phase of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 to cover children and pregnant women who missed the routine immunisation during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Aim: The program, through a mission mode intervention, is aimed to accelerate the full immunisation of
    • Children And
    • Pregnant Women
  • IMI 3.0 campaign and Portal: Was launched on February 19, 2021, along with operational guidelines for it and the awareness material as a part of the campaign.
  • States and district functionaries will reach to each and every child and attain maximum full immunisation coverage.
  • Two rounds Schedule: The campaign is scheduled to have two rounds of immunisation lasting 15 days (excluding the routine immunisation and holidays) starting from February 22 and March 22, 2021.
  • Conducted in: It will be conducted in pre-identified 250 districts/urban areas across 29 States/UTs in the country.
  • Classification of districts: As per the guidelines released for IMI 3.0, the districts have been classified to reflect
    • 313 as low risk,
    • 152 as medium risk, and
    • 250 as high-risk districts.
  • Staggered approach: States have been asked to follow the "staggered approach" to avoid crowding at the session sites and even plan break-up sessions if the approach is not effective to avoid crowding.
  • Mission IMI 2.0: From December 2019-March 2020, “to achieve targets of full immunization coverage among hard-to-reach and tribal populations.


  • It is a health mission of the Government of India. It was launched in 2014.
  • 90 % target: The scheme this seeks to drive towards 90% full immunisation coverage of India and sustain the same by year 2020.
  • Vaccination against 12 diseases: Vaccination is being provided against eight vaccine-preventable diseases:
    1. Diphtheria
    2. Whooping cough
    3. Tetanus
    4. Polio
    5. Tuberculosis
    6. Hepatitis b
    7. Meningitis and pneumonia
    8. Hemophilus influenza type b infections
    9. Japanese encephalitis (JE)
    10. Rotavirus vaccine
    11. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and
    12. Measles-rubella (MR)
  • Vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis and Haemophilus influenzae type B is being provided in selected districts of the country.


  • Year: It was launched by the Government of India in 2017.
  • Aim: To reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.
  • Focus area: Greater focus has been given on urban areas.
  • It will target the districts which have immunisation coverage of 70% or below.

SOURCE: Business standards


Q. Which of the following diseases are covered under Intensified Mission Indradhanush?

  1. Diphtheria
  2. Dengue
  3. Scrub typhus
  4. Hepatitis B

Select the correct answer from the code given below.

  • a) 1 and 4 Only
  • b) 2 and 3 Only
  • c) 1, 2 and 4 Only
  • d) 1, 2, 3 and 4