Sonowal asks DCs to play proactive role to spread fruits of good governance; Ayushman Bharat to be rolled out on Sept 24

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HT Bureau
GUWAHATI, Sept 18: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to all the deputy commissioners to internalize the broad spectrum and underlying objective of the government schemes to implement them in letter and spirit for the benefit of the people at large.
“For taking good governance at all levels of administration, deputy commissioners have to take pro-active role and they have to put in extra hour of work to implement government schemes for the benefit of the people at large,” Sonowal said addressing the conference of the deputy commissioners at Assam Administrative Staff college here.
Sonowal made a special mention of Ayushman Bharat: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana which is all set to be inaugurated on September 23 in Assam along with other states of the country.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana will provide more than 10.74 crore economically deprived families with a health cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh. He said that under the ambit of Ayushman Bharat, a Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) efforts have been made to reduce the financial burden on poor and vulnerable groups arising out of catastrophic hospital episodes and ensure their access to quality health services.
PM-JAY seeks to accelerate India’s progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goal – 3 (SDG3). He also asked the DCs to make adequate planning to generate awareness about Ayushman Bharat so that people belonging to underprivileged sections of the society can reap dividends to enjoy quality health care delivery system under the scheme.
He also said that during the ceremonial launch of the schemes at the district level, the DCs should invite eminent personalities and public figures of the district to elicit community involvement with the scheme.
The chief minister also appealed to the DCs to revolutionize the financial inclusion through Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela and complete the entire process of direct benefit transfer under the scheme to those account holders who opened bank account during demonetization period quickly.
Assam government has already launched Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela and transferred Rs. 2500 each to all account holders belonging to tea community. He also asked the DCs to complete all formalities by October 31 to bring all the tea workers under the ambit of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela and transfer the financial incentives at the earliest.
The chief minister Sonowal also took the review of Assam Adarsha Gram Yojana and asked the DCs to put their heart and soul into the scheme and make the scheme an ideal one.
In his address, health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma analysed the salient features of the schemes like Ayushman Bharat, Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela and Assam Adarsha Gram Yojana and urged the DCs to showcase their creativity and competitiveness by ideally implementing the schemes.
Stating that money is not the constraint, Sarma asked the DCs to devise innovative ways for successful implementation of the schemes. He also told them for any financial requirement for the implementation of the schemes they should submit proposal as the finance department would release the amount immediately.
Chief secretary Alok Kumar, additional chief secretary (finance) Rajib Bora, principal secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Sameer Sinha, principal secretary to the chief minister Sanjay Lohiya, senior officers of the state administration were present during the conference.

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