Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday said his Government had ambitious plans to universalise the Rajiv Arogyasri scheme to benefit maximum number of people in the state.

Taking a cue from Andhra Pradesh, the Centre proposed to introduce such cashless treatment facility for poor people in the whole country, he said on the concluding day of his three-day Indiramma Baata programme. With some modifications, Karnataka and Kerala states had adopted the health scheme, he added.

The scheme would be extended to those working in aided educational institutions, he said during his interaction with the beneficiaries of the scheme at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences.

‘Big achievement’

As many as 15.90 lakh operations were performed for patients, including five lakh operations so far this year, he explained. This was a big achievement as even United States President Barack H. Obama could not keep his poll promise to provide medical treatment free of cost to poor people there.

He said 70 new ambulances would be added to the popular 108 service to reach out to people in health emergency.