The new initiative taken up under ‘Arogya Baata’ programme

Government ready for debate on the implementation of the scheme

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will participate in all the mega health camps for the beneficiaries of the Arogyasri health insurance scheme from August 5 across the State and personally screen the patients.

The new initiative to be taken up under the ‘Arogya Baata’ programme will see Dr. Reddy directly interacting with the patients attending the camps.

The first camp on August 5 will be conducted at Visakhapatnam and Parvathipuram (Vizianagaram dt). This will be followed by camps at Vijayawada (August 6), Warangal (August 9), Kurnool (August 10), Kothagudem (August 13), Nizamabad (August 17), Narasaraopet (August 21) and Adilabad (August 24).

Information and Public Relations Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy and other elected representatives from Nellore, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts on Sunday called on the Chief Minister to thank him for extending the Rajiv Arogyasri programme to all the districts.

A press release from the CMO said that Dr. Reddy enquired with the leaders the implementation of the programme. Several leaders reportedly expressed their displeasure at the adverse remarks being made by the Opposition parties on the scheme that had in fact turned a boon for the poor people.

“Beneficiaries of the scheme will protect the programme and teach a lesson to those making critical comments against it. No force can stop the implementation of the programme,” he remarked.

He said the Government was ready for any debate with the Opposition parties on the implementation of the programme. He challenged the Opposition parties to accompany him to the Arogyasri trust office on the premises of Government Hospital, Koti, to inspect its functioning.