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.