Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today increased financial assistance up to Rs 7 lakh for women under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this while accepting the request of a tribal woman of Malkanagiri district during a video conferencing on Ama Gaon Ama Bikash Yojana at the State Secretariat.
In a discussion with some tribal women of Kalimela block in the district, a woman named Mamata Padiami requested the CM to enhance the financial assistance for women under BSKY as the number of disease in women is generally high.
“Considering her request, I have decided to increase the health cover under the said scheme from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. This historic move, a first in the country, will benefit lakhs of women and assure adequate healthcare coverage,” Patnaik said.
He also tweeted, “During discussions at Ama Gaon Ama Bikash session today, Ms Mamata from Malkangiri called for enhancing Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana cover for women. Taking note, we’ve decided to increase the amount from Rs 5lakh to Rs 7lakh for women. This will hugely benefit our mothers & sisters.”
It may be mentioned that the CM had earlier on June 12 announced Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana that assures healthcare facilities of Rs 5 lakh for about 70 lakh families in the State,
Now with this announcement, Odisha has become the first State in the country to have a health insurance scheme of up to Rs 7 lakh.