Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa announced that the Vajpayee Arogyasri Yojana, which is presently being implemented only in six districts — Bellary, Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal and Bijapur — would be extended to other districts from next year.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the administrative block of the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) and hostel for women, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the scheme aimed at providing quality healthcare to the below the poverty line (BPL) families, so that they could get major ailments treated at corporate hospitals. The government would shoulder medical expenses up to Rs. 2 lakh per family in a year.
“Around 14 lakh BPL families would get the benefits of the scheme in the six districts,” he said, and added that the government had come out with several health schemes, including Suvarna Arogya Chaitanya for schoolchildren, Bhagyalakshmi for the welfare of the girl child, ‘madilu' among others, and a large section were availing the benefits.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that his government had accorded top priority to health, education, irrigation and power generation.
“Our government has taken it as a challenge to make the State self-sufficient in power generation and all steps have been initiated in this regard. Our achievements should speak for themselves, mere speaking should not be an achievement,” he said.