HYDERABAD: Reaffirming the government’s commitment to the late Chief Minister’s pet programme, Arogyasri health insurance scheme to provide quality medicare to poor, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah directed Arogyasri Minister Pithani Satyanarayana and officials to work towards further strengthening the scheme.
Mr. Rosaiah, who reviewed Arogyasri, 108 and 104 medical services here on Wednesday, said it was a scheme close to Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s heart and wanted no lacuna in its implementation.
Giving details of the review meeting to media persons, Mr. Satyanarayana said it was decided to transfer an amount of Rs.70 crore --- Rs.44 crore from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs.26 crore contributed by State government employees by donating their one day salary to the Arogyasri Trust in a couple of days.
The Arogyasri Trust building coming up near Durgam Cheruvu here at a cost of Rs.7. 5 crore would be named ‘YSR Bhavan’ and inaugurated next month. Apart from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka which decided to implement Arogyasri in their States, the Delhi government also sent its representatives to study the scheme. As the Union government was also impressed, there was a proposal to seek 70 per cent of funding from the scheme.
The Minister said that 50 new vehicles would be acquired soon to augment the fleet of ‘108’ services. About 70 vehicles which were off the road due to servicing requirements would be back in operation in 10 days.