Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a new “Nehru Bal Drishti Yojana” and “Haryana Swasthya Vaahan Sewa No. 102’’ in the State on the occasion of Children’s Day on Saturday.

Unveiling the new ventures at the Civil Hospital here, he disclosed that under the Nehru Bal Drishti Yojana four eye banks would be set up in the State and eye donation centres would be established in all districts to facilitate eye donors. The scheme, he added, would help blind children see the light of day.

Mr. Hooda said that by dialling a toll-free phone number (102), one would be able to provide information about donation of eyes and the same number could also be used to call an ambulance under the Haryana Swasthya Vaahan Sewa No. 102. He said a total of 319 ambulances have become functional to serve all districts. Another 100 ambulances would soon be added to the fleet.

Mr. Hooda said that this ambulance service would be available free of cost to patients belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, residents of notified slum areas, victims of roadside accidents, pregnant women and families of freedom fighters and ex-Servicemen.

Describing children as a national asset, he said several new initiatives had been taken in the health sector with focus on improving the health of the people, especially children. The State Health Department was giving medicines free of cost and had also introduced a package programme for surgeries which had benefited about 1.30 crore people, he added, while disclosing that six district hospitals were being upgraded at a cost of Rs.100 crore.