Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced that a special grant of Rs. 5 crore will be provided to each assembly segment of the state to provide impetus to the state's development. He did not give any specific timeline for the implementation of the decision or how will the largesse be funded.
He was in Fazilka to launch a new scheme that will provide cashless Health care services to the families below the poverty line (BPL), the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojana (BPSSBY).
"The scheme will help the underprivileged section by providing them the required quality health care, free of cost," said deputy chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The beneficiaries would be issued the smart cards which would enable to them to avail the benefit of cashless health care facilities up to Rs. 30,000 per annum. Leading insurance companies had been roped in to roll out the scheme, he claimed.
The CM iterated that the state government was committed to making Punjab a healthy and disease-free state.
He claimed that Rs. 350 crore had been spent on upgrading the healthcare infrastructure in the state and that a war had been declared on cancer.
"A state-of-the art cancer hospital is coming up at Mullanpur near Chandigarh on the lines of the Tata Memorial Cancer hospital, Mumbai and we have allocated 50 acres of land near Mumbai for the project," he said.
"The new health scheme will benefit the poor and underprivileged strata of society. We want to serve the poor," he claimed.
He claimed that they always worked for the uplift of weaker sections of the society and schemes like Mai Bhago Istri Vidya, Pension, Shagun, Dr Hargobind Khurana Scholarship had worked.
Cabinet minister Surjit Kumar Jiyani, chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu, MP Sher Singh Ghubaya, MLA Gurtej Singh, Chairperson Social Welfare Board Vijay Laxmi Bhadu, Mohinish Chawla, DIG Ferozepur range, Deputy commissioner Fazilka Basant Garg and SSP Ashok Bath were present.