CM lays foundation stone of Rs 80 cr ESI hospital in Raigarh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2018 12:30:36


The Hitavada State Bureau,


Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today said that state government had been making strenuous efforts to provide medical assistance to one and all. Fifty-five lakh families in the state are covered for under the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme upto Rs 50,000 per year, hence there is need not to worry regarding medical expenses for poor patients.

Dr Raman Singh was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone and performing ‘Bhoomipujan’ of the
Rs 80 crore Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) hospital at village Parsada in district Raigarh. Union Minister of State for Labour Santosh Kumar Gangwar presided over the function.

Chief Minister said that experts will be posted in this ESI hospital, which will be constructed in a year’s time. It may be mentioned here that 65,000 industrial workers are registered in the ESIC in Raigarh region. The state government had allocated four and half hectares land for this specific purpose in a Cabinet meet held last month. The workers will be treated for all the major diseases. OPD and major surgeries also will be conducted here. The seriously-ill patients need not go elsewhere for their treatment.

Dr Singh said that medical facilities had significantly improved after since the inception of Chhattisgarh state. Medical College had been started in the name of former MP Lakhiram Agrawal at Raigarh. The number of Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres had increased manifold. There are ten Medical Colleges and 84 Nursing Colleges in the state at present. He said that Infant Mortality Rate had fallen to 39 per 1,000 births and Maternal Mortality rate to 221. Malnutrition levels had dipped drastically. Institutional deliveries had increased to 75 per 100 deliveries. Chief Minister added that the wages of Tendu patta collectors had been hiked to Rs 2,500. The children of workers are joining the elite educational institutions all over the country. The stone workers are getting cycles and workers kits.

Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai, State Labour Minister Bhaiyyalal Rajwade, MLAs Suniti Ratia, Roshanlal Agrawal, Kerabai Manhar and Zilla Panchayat Vice-Chairman Naresh Patel and Parsada Sarpanch Geeta Patel, large number of workers and common citizens were also present.

The Chief Minister said that 22 social welfare schemes are being operated for the benefit of working class. The state government had been taking care of the children since birth to education and marriages also. The government belongs to the poor, farmers and villagers. Dr Raman Singh said that rice is being provided at Rs 1 per kilo and salt free of cost. The homeless are being provided with houses under the Prime Minister Housing Project. Free domestic cooking gas connections are being provided to poor women under the Prime Minister ‘Ujjwala’ Project and over 79,000 poor women had been given LPG connections in Raigarh district alone. At least six hundred hamlets will be provided with electricity connections soon. Network of roads is being laid in the entire district. New railway tracks will come up soon.
The Chief Minister distributed relief material worth Rs 23.91 lakh to 605 beneficiaries. He also provided sprayers-mini kits worth Rs 10,000 to 30 farmers, Smart Cards and Workers’ Safety kits to 50 workers from NTPC Tilaipaali.