Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed the smart health card of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) and dedicated various development projects for Jharsuguda district through virtual mode on Monday.
Around 1.15 lakh people of the district can avail the benefits of the smart health card. With this, the BSKY health cards have been distributed in 12 districts of the State.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister announced that the 2,000 families of Jharsuguda displaced due to the Hirakud Dam project would be provided with housing.
Today, the Chief Minister launched various projects worth Rs 297 crore in Jharsuguda including the inauguration of projects worth Rs 144 crore and laying the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 153 crore.
Inaugurating two water treatment plants for Jharsuguda and Brajrajnagar, the Chief Minister said that it would allow people in these two towns to get better drinking water.
The Chief Minister said that a drinking water project worth Rs 618 crore is being implemented to provide safe drinking water to all the villages and towns in Jharsuguda district and said that by June 2022, piped water would be provided to 1.22 lakh families in the district.
Highlighting the irrigation project in the district, the Chief Minister said that 1,000 hectares of farmland have been irrigated under the Parbati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation Project. In addition, four mega lift irrigation works worth Rs 186 crore are underway in the district and the target of providing irrigation facilities to all parts of the district will be met soon.
The Chief Minister informed that the construction of a 100-bed cardiac hospital in Jharsuguda is nearing completion. It will provide better treatment to people. Rs 102 crore has been spent on this.
It is worthwhile to mention that earlier on the occasion of 75th Independence Day, the Chief Minister had announced to provide Smart Health Cards to 3.5 crore people in the State under BSKY.
The Smart Health Card will be provided to 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families. Each family can avail treatment cost up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. Women members can avail this benefit up to Rs 10 lakh every year.
Odisha is the first state in the country to have provided such facilities in the health sector. This card will be given to all the beneficiaries phase-wise.
Beneficiaries of National and State Food Security Schemes, Annapurna, and Antodaya beneficiaries will get this card. The beneficiaries can avail health services in more than 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha.