Biren Singh promises Medical scheme upto Rs I lakh for poor

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Pothashang News Service
Imphal, December 15, 2017 : Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today ensured to introduce a new healthcare scheme ‘Hakshelgi Tengbang’ on January 1 on the occasion of ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ held at chief minister’s Secretariat.

Hundreds of people turned up on the Meeyamgi Numit to address their grievances to the chief minister. He attended to as many as about 620 complaints and personally met nearly 1500 people from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Interacting with the reporters after receiving complaints from the people, chief minister said Hakshelgi Tengbang scheme would provide a cashless benefit upto Rs.2 lakh per year per BPL/AAY family on floater basis. He stated that five companies have participated in the biding process and one company has been selected for providing the health insurance scheme to the poor and needy people of the state. The selected company in collaboration with the Panchayats and local clubs would conduct a joint survey for identifying the real needy people. He lamented that there were manipulations in issuing the BPL cards in the past so a fresh survey is being needed to identify the real/needy beneficiaries. He said that if the government relies on the existing BPL/AAY card holders then many needy people would be left out and might not get the benefits of the scheme. Camps would begin soon in various areas of the state to identify the poorest of the poor, he added. He believed that widows and poorest of the poor etc. would get proper benefits from the scheme.

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Biren Singh said among several grievances, many came for providing medical treatment, financial assistance and seeking livelihood on Meeyamgi Numit. Mentioning on improving health sector in the State, Chief Minister said that a new scheme for persons with disability “CM gi Sotharabasingi Tengbang” was launched recently. However many persons with disability came here today due to lack of proper publicity about the scheme to the people, he added. He further said that officials of Social Welfare Department have been deputed here to assist the needy people and forms are being provided to the needy people.

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He said that Neuro Surgery Department would be opened soon at JNIMS. The required infrastructure and machinery have already bought and 6 Nurses are being given special hands-on training to assist the doctors in Neuro Surgery Department, he added. The Operation theatre is almost ready for use, he added.
Biren Singh also condemned the recent acid attack as ‘crime against human’ and said such attack is first of its kind in the state and the government would deal the matter seriously. He assured that the government would provide free medical treatment to the victim. The government is also planning to provide livelihood to the victim’s family, he added. To curb such incidents in future, he said, the case would be brought before the Fast Track Court which as set up for crime against women.

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The chief minister also stated that programmes regarding the organ transplant from the dead bodies would be started soon in the state. He sought support saying such organ transplant would save many lives in the state.

On the occasion, Biren Singh released a half yearly bilingual journal titled “Phijeegi Mani Laktagee”(The Hidden Treasure), published by Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons, Manipur.

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