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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has launched the distribution of Smart Health Cards under BSKY fromMalkangiri

Malkangiri:20/8/21Odisha CM Shri Naveen Patnaik has launched the distribution of Smart Health Cards under BSKY fromMalkangiri which is set to change the face of healthcare in Odisha. People can now avail quality healthcare services in as many as 200 hospitals across the country.
CM handed over the first Smart Health Card to a member of Bonda tribe, Sukri Dhangda Majhi. On the occasion, CM reiterated every life is precious and added that financial constraint shouldn’t be an obstacle for anyone in receiving quality treatment.
Calling it a historic decision, CM said it is the first-of-its-kind in the entire country through which 96 lakh families will be benefitted. While families can avail of treatment worth ₹5 lakh per annum, women members can avail of treatment up to ₹10 lakh by using the no-frill smart card.

Giving utmost significance to the welfare of tribal people, CM launched the service from Malkangiri which is the remotest place from Bhubaneswar. About 1.55 lakh families from the district will be benefited. CM had earlier launched one rupee rice scheme from Malkangiri too.

Political experts feel the health debit card system would be another game-changing welfare programme like the ₹1 a kg rice scheme.

In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biju Janata Dal government appears to be approaching civic body elections, which may take place early 2022, with health as its poll plank.

V.K. Pandian, Secretary, and Mr. Patnaik’s most trusted bureaucrat have been reviewing the development of health infrastructure in districts at frequent intervals.

The government had announced the conversion of the SCB Medical College, Cuttack, into an AIIMS-Plus like institute at an investment of ₹3,500 crores. Mr. Patnaik has directed the completion of the project in three years and set January 1, 2024, as the date for inaugurating it.

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