SC/ST families will benefit from the insurance: Madhwaraj

Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA, said on Tuesday that the he would make efforts to increase the annual insurance coverage under the Chief Minister’s Arogya Card for families of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from the present Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 next year.

He was speaking at a function organized by the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) to distribute Arogya Cards to the beneficiaries of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities, here.

CMC meeting

Mr. Madhwaraj said that though various facilities had been provided to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, more measures required to be taken for their welfare.

The CMC should hold a meeting with the representatives of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes, so that the elected representatives and officials had a better idea of their needs. This would help in formulating better schemes and projects suited to their needs.

BPL cards

As many as 4,049 below poverty line (BPL) cards had been distributed to eligible beneficiaries in Udupi Assembly constituency over the last six months. Nearly 3,000 BPL cards would be distributed in December in the constituency, Mr. Madhwaraj said.

P. Yuvaraj, President of Udupi CMC, said that if there were any complaints about medical service to the Arogya Card holders, he would hold a meeting with the authorities concerned and get the problems solved.

Amrita Krishnamurthy, vice-president of City Municipal Council, Celine Karkada, President of CMC Standing Committee, and Srikanth Rao, CMC Commissioner, were also present.

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