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Benefits of Odisha Treatment Fund not reaching people, admits CM

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 31:

Admitting that people have failed to reap the benefits of the Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) due to lack of  awareness, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today emphasized the need t0 create greater awareness on the programme in rural areas while raising the knowledge level among doctors about the scheme.

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At review meeting on assistance provided to people from low income groups under OSTF, Harischandra Yojana and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) at the state secretariat here today, the chief minister stressed on providing proper advice to patients on the programme through help desks in hospitals, said an official release.

The OSTF was constituted by the state government to provide assistance to people belonging to low income groups for undergoing medical treatment. Under the provisions of the scheme, a person from the low income group can avail treatment benefits up to Rs 3 lakh.

Patnaik also called for immediate redressal of complaints about disbursal of assistance under the Harishchandra Yojana meant for funeral rites.

It’s essential that Revenue Divisional Commissioners (RDCs) should be extra careful and prompt in making assistance made from CMRF reach the distressed, advised Patnaik.

The chief secretary, development commissioner, secretary Health and other senior officers from concerned departments participated in the meeting.