Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced to increase the health cover for women under the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY) from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
The Chief Minister made the announcement after Mamata Padiami of Kalimela area in Malkangiri district requested him to increase the health assistance for women under the BSKY during Ama Gaon Ama Bikash programme interaction session on Wednesday.
CM Patnaik had held a meeting of Ama Gaon Ama Bikash programme through video conferencing at the State Secretariat here today.
During the meeting, the woman praised various women friendly initiatives taken by the Chief Minister and urged him to increase the health assistance for women under the BSKY as they are more prone to health problems.
“I know that medical expense is a huge burden for our poor people, following which we are launching Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY) from August 15 (Independence Day). You will be able to get health cover up to Rs five lakh under this scheme. Around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the State will be benefitted under the scheme,” Naveen said in a video release.
“Women are more prone to heath problems, following which a woman has requested me to increase the health assistance for women under the BSKY scheme. The woman (mother) has given a good proposal. I have accepted her advice and decided to increase medical expenses for women to 7 lakh under the scheme,” he added.
Later he took to Twitter and wrote, “Happy to share, health cover under #BijuSwasthyaKalyanaYojana will be raised from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for women. This historic move, a first in country, will benefit lakhs of women & assure adequate healthcare coverage”.
“From Mission Shakti to Mamata & Khushi to land rights & houses, 50% reservation in Panchayats to free bicycles & hostels for girls, Odisha stands for women. The enhanced BSKY cover is yet another step for women & also for Healthy, Happy & Empowered Odisha,” he added.