Mayurbhanj, 22/10:Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the distribution of smart health cards under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojna for Mayurbhanj district. As many as 2.1 million people in the district will benefit from the scheme. The program has already been launched in nine districts of the state.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that September 2021 marked a new era in the history of healthcare in Odisha. From September 1, the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana in Odisha has started providing health services through smart health cards. He described the card as a “real friend” in times of danger. The Chief Minister hoped that this would bring a big change in the lives of the people.
“Odisha is the only state where the state government bears all the expenses from testing to treatment for all patients during the coronation,” he said, adding that every life is worthwhile.
The Chief Minister said that three and a half crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the Smart Health Card. This will help our poor people get rid of many health problems, especially financial ones. He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer. Now people can get better treatment at 200 of the country’s largest hospitals by holding a piece of card without any hassle. “It simply came to our notice then.
“Every life is precious to him,” he said. Be it a farmer or a miller or a rickshaw puller – let everyone live with dignity. “It’s the goal of his various welfare programs,” he said.
Expressing that development work is being accelerated in Mayurbhanj district, the Chief Minister said that 15,000 hectares of land in six villages were receiving water from the canal in the Subarnarekha Irrigation Project last July. The Chief Minister also said that a mega piped water project worth Rs 3,200 crore is being implemented to provide piped water to all families in Mayurbhanj. He further added that more than Rs 500 crore worth of Rs 2,300 crore projects are being inaugurated and laid today.
Initially, Chief Minister Mayurbhanj paid homage to the great men and celebrities born on earth. Pandit Raghunath Murmu, Guru Rohidas Singh Nag and Guru Lako Badra, who played a key role in strengthening the language and the nation, recalled the contributions of Maharaja Purnachandra Bhanjdeo and Sri Ramachandra Bhanjdeo. He praised Mayurbhanj’s art and literature and highlighted the popularity of jhumra songs and chhau dances.
The function was attended by Health Minister Shri Nab Das, Urban Development Minister Shri Pratap Jena, Revenue Minister Shri Sudham Marandi among others and lauded the Chief Minister’s commitment to improving healthcare in the state. Thanks to the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister, Odisha was able to save a lot of lives by supplying oxygen to 14 states during the Karona period. They described the BSKY Smart Card as a “historic step” to provide better health to the people.