Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed the smart health card of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) and dedicated various development projects in Bolangir district on Wednesday.
During an event on the occasion at Titilagarh, the Chief Minister inaugurated the program by awarding the smart health card to Sarojini Bahidar as the first beneficiary of the district.
Extending Nuakhai greetings to the people of the district, Patnaik explained the benefits of the smart health card. Around 4.5 lakh families of the district can avail the benefits of the smart health card.
In addition to distributing the Health Cards, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Rs 200 crore worth of development projects and laid the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 597 crore in the district.
It is worthwhile to mention that the smart health card had been launched in Malkangiri on August 20 and Sundergarh on September 14.
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 facility 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.