Bhubaneswar: In yet another major success in the history of healthcare, the State government’s flagship health scheme campaign, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojna (BSKY), launched from Malkangiri on August 20 this year, culminated today after covering all 30 districts of Odisha.
Today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the distribution of BSKY smart health cards in Kendrapara and Jajpur districts through video conferencing. As many as 11 lakh people in Kendrapara and 15.40 lakh people in Jajpur will get the BSKY smart health cards.
Addressing the people of both the districts, the Chief Minister said that the smart health card of the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojna would alleviate the cost of hospital expenses for the poor people that provide free treatment at the best hospitals in the country.
The Chief Minister also launched various projects worth over Rs 1,500 crore in Kendrapara district. “There has been a long-standing demand for industrial development in Kendrapara,” he said adding that the district would be added to the country’s industrial map very soon.
Similar the Chief Minister inaugurated several projects worth Rs 2,000 crore in Jajpur,. Emphasizing that the state government is committed to providing safe drinking water, the Chief Minister said that all households in Jajpur municipality have been provided with piped water. The Chief Minister said that a Rs 1,000 crore project has been started for providing piped water in four other blocks, including Vyasanagar. Similarly, piped water projects are also being implemented for the Bari and Korei blocks, he said. “By 2024, all households in the district will have access to piped water,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that BSKY Smart Health Card service has been launched across the state from September 1 this year. “From that day on, a new era in Odisha’s healthcare began,” he said adding that with the help of smart health cards, the plight of poor people has been alleviated.
Patnaik said 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the scheme.
“Odisha is the only state where the state government bears all the costs, from testing to treatment to all patients affected with Coronavirus,” the Odisha CM said.
The function was attended by Ministers Naba Kishore Das, Raghunandan Das, Ashok Panda and Kendrapara MLA Shashi Bhushan Behera were present in the event.