Karnataka Government has decided to fund heart surgery of 2,000 patients living below the poverty line from this year, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Saturday.
The government would ask the state run Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology to identify the needy patients and operate on them, he told reporters in Haveri.
Those people who are members of Cooperative Societies and covered under the Yashawini Insurance scheme can avail of free treatment facilities in the hospital besides private ones, listed by the state.
Yeddyurappa said he would lead a ministerial delegation to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June two to press for central assistance for various ongoing projects in the state. All ministers will accompany him, he said.
Responding to a query, Yeddyurappa ruled out undertaking a ministry reshuffle and described it as media speculation.
There was no scarcity for fertlizers and sowing seeds in the state this year, he said.
On June 10 last, a farmer was killed in police firing in Haveri in the farmers stir for fertlizers.
'The state's financial health is good, he said, rejecting criticisms from opposition parties in this regard.