Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to increase the health cover for women under the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY) from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.
An announcement in this regard was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after holding a meeting of Ama Gaon Ama Bikash programme at the State Secretariat here today.
During the meeting, one Mamata Padiami of Kalimela area in Malkangiri district requested the CM to increase the health assistance for women under the BSKY.
“I have taken note of the suggestion. So, the health cover will be increased from Rs 5 lakh to 7 lakh,” said Patnaik.
“This historic move, a first in country, will benefit lakhs of women & assure adequate healthcare coverage. From Mission Shakti to Mamata & Khushi to land rights & houses, 50% reservation in Panchayats to free bicycles & hostels for girls, Odisha stands for women. The enhanced BSKY cover is yet another step for women & also for Healthy, Happy & Empowered Odisha,” the Chief Minister tweeted.
Notably, Patnaik had on June 12 announced the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana, an universal health coverage, which will provide benefits to around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the State.