Finance Minister K M Mani has said that till now around Rs 56.14 crore has been disbursed as free medical aid announced as part of the Karunya Lottery.
In the sixth meeting of the Karunya Benevolent Fund State-Level committee it has been decided to allot Rs 17.79 crore to 1611 applicants.
The meeting also decided to include haemophilia patients in the list of beneficiaries and the medicine needed for the patients would be supplied through the Kerala Medical Service Corporation. In response to the advertisements, 655 applications have been received so far.
The medicine used for haemophilia patients even cost up to Rs 75,000 which would be supplied free of cost.
All those eligible to get free medicines will be considered under the project, said Mani.
The Minister also said that Rs 1,30,000 would be given to Sreekumar of Manarcaud as special case as he could not submit the application before the last date owing to the hartal and holiday that fell on consecutive days.
The Minister also directed the officials to visit hospitals in Kozhikode district to make a list of those eligible for accreditation for Karunya project.