The State government has announced another scheme after former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi. This time, it is named Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Shree scheme providing medical aid to families with Above Poverty Line (APL) ration cards.
Briefing about the Cabinet decisions, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra had said that the government has decided to extend the Vajapayee Arogya Shree to APL cardholders.
Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader on Thursday clarified that the scheme is named after Rajiv Gandhi.
“Vajapayee Arogya Shree is for the BPL cardholders under which families will get a maximum Rs 1.5 lakh assistance,” the Minster clarified.
Under the new Rajiv Gandhi Arogya Shree scheme, APL families have to pay 10 per cent of the total expenditure incurred for the treatment. A maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh will be spent on each person, he said adding that in extreme cases, this could be extended up to Rs 2 lakh.
The minister said a government order will be soon issued to ensure speedy implementation of the scheme. Already, the government has Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, and Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation which are named after the former prime minister.
These schemes were started by Congress governments in the past.