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Odisha Chief Minister launched a free Universal Eye Care programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore

Bhubaneswar:12/10/17: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched a free Universal Eye Care programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which aims at minimizing the number of people with curable vision impairment in the state on the occasion of World Sight Day.

Addressing the programme, Naveen said the initiative would go a long way in controlling curable blindness and added that an institutional mechanism has been made for screening and providing free treatment to all people with curable eye problems.

“Odisha is the first state in the country to have launched such a programme with an expenditure of Rs 600 crore which will be borne by the State Government in the next five years”, said Naveen.

The State Government will establish vision centres equipped with improvised eye care facilities initially at all the Community Health Centres (CHCs) and later on at Public Health Centres (PHCs) or even at sub-centre level to cover the entire population in the state.

Requisite trained manpower would be made available to make this programme a success, Naveen said.

All cataract cases would get free operation facility and appropriate glasses, Patnaik said, adding that maximum number of people suffering from corneal blindness would regain vision through corneal transplant surgeries free of cost.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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