Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday inaugurated an ‘Atal Clinic’ in Edalhatu area of the Capital City paying tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The CM, on the occasion, said that in a bid to provide primary health care facilities to the people of urban slums 25 Atal Clinics are being inaugurated across the State and 100 such clinics will be launched in phase wise manner by September 25.
The CM said that by September 25 the government will provide Golden Cards under Ayushman Bharat Yojna to all bonafide beneficiaries of the State. The government has spent an amount of Rs 206 core for treatment of 2.27 Lakh people in a period of 10 months, he said adding that poor people would have been forced to spend Rs 2.25 crore if they did not have this health insurance benefits.
Das said that at least one Atal Clinic will be inspected every day by the respective Civil Surgeon so that people get better healthcare. “Physicians and nurses working in the clinic work with sense of service. The reason for starting the scheme is to protect poor people from serious illness. I too come from a poor family and I also did not get treatment for a small disease for fear of spending money and the disease became serious. But, needy people will be able to get their initial treatment free of cost at the Atal Clinic so that their minor illness in negligence does not take serious form,” said he.
The CM said that UNDP has stated in its report that Jharkhand is the second State in the world, which is rapidly coming above the poverty line. Also, the purchasing power of the people of the State has also increased. Jharkhand has recorded a 15 per cent increase in consumption of petrol and diesel. It can be said that people's purchasing power has increased, he added.
Urban Development Minister CP Singh said that the government is working in every field. “People are taking advantage of Ayushman Bharat scheme. Golden cards are being given to every needy under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Atal Clinic will also be helpful in treating poor and needy people. Here medicine will also be available for free. Some private hospitals under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme are reluctant to treat. The government is paying attention to such complaints,” he said.
Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth said that the hospital is opening at the people’s door. This will be helpful in treating the needy. The government is ensuring that the Golden Card can be available to all the needy under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
The CM, on the occasion, handed over Golden cards in a symbolic gesture to Tabassum Parveen, Sandeep Das, Jyotsna Devi, Sushila Devi, Namita Devi, Rajni Priya and others.
Urban Development Minister CP Singh, Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth, Mayor Asha Lakra, Deputy Mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya, Health Secretary Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Urban Development Secretary Ajoy Kumar Singh, Municipal Commissioner Manoj Kumar and others were present on the occasion.