Mah Govt hikes grant to Rs 1.5 lakh for poor under Jeevandayee schem

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Kolhapur, Aug 30 (UNI) Maharashtra health minister Dr Vimal Mundada today said the state government has increased the grant to Rs 1.5 lakh from earlier Rs 70,000 for the poor under the 'Jeevandayee' scheme.

Speaking at a function in Pulachee-Shiroli of the district, Dr Mundada said the state government launched the 'Jeevandayee' scheme in the state with the intention of providing assitance to the poor for surgery.

The state government had also undertaken a year-long programme to conduct medical check-up of school students, she said and added from July this year, some five lakh students were examined. Of which, 12,000 students were provided medical treatment, while 181 students were operatied upon.

During the current financial year, the state government had increased the budgetary provision to Rs 25 crore from earlier Rs five crore for medical surgery, Dr Mundada said.

Referring to problems in the Chhatrapati Pramila Raje Civil hospital here, the Minister said she would discuss the matter with state medical education minister.

The government would soon take a decision on the proposed setting up of a 200-bed new civil hospital for Kolhapur district or a Government Medical College and Hospital at Kolhapur, Dr Mundada added.

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