CMHT health scheme benefit mounts to Rs 5 lakh

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh announced to increase the free hospitalization benefit under the Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) Scheme from Rs 2 Lakh to Rs 5 Lakh per family per year.

Biren made the announcement at a press conference held at his secretariat.

The state Cabinet had decided to increase the benefit amount considering the success of CMHT in the past four years and its benefit to poor and vulnerable families of the state.

The Health for All Scheme, which was launched to provide door-to-door health screening for primary health care and chronic disease management, had covered around 300 villages so far. All villages of the state would be covered soon, the chief minister said.

Mentioning that 5.24 Lakh poor beneficiaries had been enrolled under CMHT, he added that more than 83000 beneficiaries have received benefits of free hospitalisations of upto Rs 2 Lakh per family per year in private or government hospitals in the last four years, he added.

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Biren said the state government had launched Sub-Division Development Monitoring Mission to scale up inclusive growth and development in all the 68 sub-divisions of the state. Prabhari officers consisting of IAS, IRS, IFS, MCS and MFS officers, had been appointed for each sub-division. The Prabhari officers in coordination with local leaders would conduct a family wise survey to identify the needs of the people. He further stated that the step had been taken to provide a source of livelihood for every household.

The Prabhari officers would also have discussion with residents and officials of Sub-division on “One Sub-division One Product” and also analyse the population profile of Sub-division with an aim of providing sustainable livelihood for each household, he added.

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The state Cabinet had approved to increase the corpus fund for Manipur StartUp from earlier Rs 30 crore to Rs 100 crore. The state government would tie up closely with government schemes, NEDFI and partnership with DPIT and other stakeholders with focus on providing a better eco system for nurturing growth of StartUps and marketing linkages. New StartUp 2.0 policy and guidelines would be finalised within 100 days, he said.

Mentioning the recently launched “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign, Biren said rain water harvesting methods would be set up in all offices, institutions and schools to conserve water. Instructions had also been given to officials concerned to start work for conserving wetlands so as to mitigate environmental degradation, he added.

He informed that steps would be initiated to take action against illegal construction carried out on paddy land after 2014 to preserve and save agricultural land. Zila Parishads, Pradhans and official concerns had been informed on the matter.

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Stating that making out a long-term plan for at least 50 years from now, the state Cabinet had decided to widen state highways, district highways and inter-village roads. He appealed to the public to support and cooperate in such an initiative considering its necessity.

Stressing on development of catchment areas, he said a meeting consisting of MLAs of hill districts, Autonomous District Councils and bureaucrats would be held to take steps for the same. He was also hopeful that deforestation carried out for shifting cultivation would become lesser with the initiatives of the state government to provide means of livelihood for every household.

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