Health Scheme to help 90% poor avail free medical treatment

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Hyderabad, Jul 16 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Energy Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir today said 90 per cent of the people of the state could avail free medical treatment with the launch of the Phase II of the Rajiv Arogya Sri Health Insurance Scheme by UPA chairperson and AICC president Sonia Gandhi at Nellore.

Briefing the press after a Cabinet meeting, Mr Shabbir said under the second phase to be launched by Ms Gandhi tommorow, 90 per cent of the people of the state could avail free medical treatment. As many as 887 diseases had been included in the scheme.

The government had allocated Rs 950 crore for the scheme of which Rs 450 crore was provided for in 2008-09 Budget.

In August, Chief Minister Y S Rajsekhara Reddy would launch the 104 service for providing doctor's advice to patients on telephone.

This scheme would be implemented throughout the state from September.

Admitting power shortage due to deficit rainfall, the Minister said NTPC's Simhadri Unit had agreed to stop overhauling works till July 31 for supplying power without interruption. With this, there would be no power cuts during nights in the coming days.

Mr Shabbir said the Cabinet ratified the decision to fill 37 vacancies in the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) by sanctioning Rs 61.76 lakh Budget per annum. Three Deputy Collectors and two computer operators would be recruited to implement Koneru Ranga Rao Committee recommendations.

The government also sanctioned Rs 6.35 crore financial assistance to 21 sugar factories for crushing 6.35 lakh tonne of non-agreemented sugarcane.

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