Staff Reporter

TENALI: Health Hospitals has joined a select group of hospitals across the State to be included in the list of Arogyasri network hospitals. Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar on Saturday inaugurated the scheme formally at the hospital. Former MLA Ravi Ravindranath, Municipal Chairperson Doddaka Seethamahalakshmi, hospital chairman Nannapaneni Pratap and managing director Manne Harish were present.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Manohar said that the hospital, the first in the Tenali Revenue Division, has all the advanced medical facilities for undertaking surgeries, except for heart ailments.

He asked the hospital authorities to make best use of facilities available in the hospital.

Reiterating the great success of the Arogyasri scheme, Mr. Manohar pointed out that so far 9.60 lakh surgeries have been performed. He said that the scheme was a unique community health insurance scheme being implemented in the State from 1st April, 2007. The scheme has been providing financial protection to families living below poverty line up to Rs. 2 lakhs in a year for the treatment of serious ailments requiring hospitalisation and surgery. More than 330 procedures are covered in the scheme, he added.

e-petition scheme

The e-petition concept to be introduced in the State Legislative Assembly was aimed at bringing the common man closer to the working of the Legislative Assembly, Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Manohar said that the innovative project would allow people to file their petitions on-line and seek redressal of their grievances within a stipulated period of time. An exclusive cell to deal with e-petitions would be shortly set up on the Assembly premises, he said.

“There would be a regular follow-up and a Action Taken Report (ATR) on every petition filed and we would ensure that the system is marked by transparency,” he said.

Mr. Manohar was earlier accorded a tumultuous welcome at the railway station by TTD Dharmika Mandali District president Tadisetty Murali Mohan and former city congress committee president Mada Radha Krishna received Mr. Manohar at the Railway Station. Zilla Parishat Chairperson Kuchipudi Vijaya, Mayor Rayapati Mohana Sai Krishna, Z.P C.E.O K. Durga Prasad too called on the Deputy Speaker.

In an informal chat with reporters at the Inspection Bun glow premises, Mr. Manohar stressed the need for active involvement of all members of the Legislative Assembly in various committees, like Privileges Committee and Petition Committee.

Reminding of the work done in Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Committee which he headed in the aftermath of the scandal, he said that all transactions, including payment of salaries to teachers and Vidya Volunteers, done in the department, now renamed as Rajiv Vidya Mission, have been made on-line.