Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday distributed Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) smart health cards to beneficiaries and dedicated various development projects in Cuttack and Khordha district.
Around 18 lakh people in Cuttack and 14 lakh people in Khorhda can avail the benefits of the smart health card. With this, the BSKY health cards have been distributed in 26 districts of the State.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister inaugurated various projects worth Rs 1,500 crore in Cuttack district. Addressing at an event at Baliyatra Padia in Cuttack, he said that the BSKY Smart Health Card is a testament to the state government’s commitment to achieving the goals of a healthy Odisha and a happy Odisha.
Informing about the government’s move to make SCB Medical College, Cuttack a world-class health care institution, the Chief Minister said that it would be a milestone in the country’s healthcare sector in the coming days.
Remembering Biswanath Pandit, eminent labour leader from Cuttack, the Chief Minister announced that the Biswanath Pandit Central Library would be relocated near the Puri-Anugul bus stand and built as a state-of-the-art library.
Similarly, the Chief Minister launched a Rs 1,000 crore project at Begunia in Khordha. Inaugurating the event, the Chief Minister said that Khordha was the land of the first freedom struggle. Saluting the brave Paikas, he said that the fight for the rights of the Odia people will continue.
The Chief Minister said that the women of Mission Shakti are the charioteers of the new era. Informed that more than 26,000 Mission Shakti members in Khordha have set a record by availing loan of more than Rs 32 crore, the Chief Minister congratulated them.
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.