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Cabinet allocates Rs 550 cr for health

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Odisha Cabinet today approved a scheme “Strengthening of Ancillary Services in Public Health facilities” with a budget of Rs 550 crore for five years.

It also took decisions to enforce use of Odia language with provisions of incentive and punishment, exempted stamp fee for availing refund of the money they were robbed off by ponzi firms and formed a Biju Yuva Vahini.

The strengthening of health care scheme aims at providing better ambience to patients and their attendants at public health fcilities and minimise hospital acquired infections.

Better housekeeping, cleanliness, services at new Mother and Child Health wings and setting up of a programme management unit at the state level for improving Hospital Management Services.Of the Rs 550 crore for five years, the state will arrange Rs 426 crore and the rest from the NHM fund.

The cabinet also approved the Universal Eye Health Programme for five years with survey, clearing backlog of cataract cases and the budget is to be Rs 682 crore for five years.

Action plan for urban water supply and universal coverage of all wards of 114 ULBs by end of 2018- 19 with funds from AMRUT and DMF was cleared by the cabinet today.

A new Biju Yuva Vahini to encourage and involve youths in government programmes by way of monitoring has also been proposed.

The cabinet also decided to enhance the sitting allowance of Speaker, deputy Speaker and ministers from Rs 150 to Rs 800 with effect from January 2017 for attending Assembly sessions.

The Odia language related law will be amended including incentives and rewards for best use of language in official work and penalty for not using Odia in official business.

Duped depositors of chit fund companies who are to avail refund from the corpus set up by the government will no longer be required to furnish a bond on stamp paper.