11.35 lakh Golden Cards issued in J&K under Ayushman Bharat

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Jammu (NVI): As many as 11.35 lakh Golden Cards have been issued in Jammu and Kashmir under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), which is highest in the country.

The 11.35 lakh Golden Cards were against the target of 31 lakh, Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu was informed.

The Lt Governor reviewed the Health and Medical Education sector and also the externally aided projects being executed by the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), in separate meetings held at the Civil Secretariat, Jammu yesterday, an official statement said.

While reviewing the sector, Murmu urged for achieving 100 percent distribution of Golden Cards at the earliest and directed for providing internet connections to all the government hospitals implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

He also directed installation of heavy duty generators in all government hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir and also advised for exploring renewable energy sector for meeting power demands of the health care sector.

He emphasised strengthening of healthcare infrastructure and directed expediting works on medi-cities, operationalization of 102 and 108 ambulance service, proper disposal of medical waste and achieving targets under the National Immunization Programme.

Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo, gave a presentation on the status of health indicators, disease burden, human resources in the health sector and achievements under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

Present were Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner, Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor Bipul Pathak were among the officers present.

While reviewing another meeting the Lt Governor took account of various externally aided projects being executed by the ERA including those for ensuring 24X7 water supply, solid waste management, urban transport  and others in Srinagar and Jammu cities.

Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring Department Rohit Kansal gave the Presentation. While Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department Dheeraj Gupta, CEO, ERA Avny Lavasa participated in the meeting.

Lt Governor Murmu, while reviewing the Jehlum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), suggested to take up drainage works on priority and follow due procedures for pre-monsoon check of the system.

He emphasised the revival of natural water bodies in J&K which channelize excess water flow in case of floods like situation.

He directed for establishment of a foolproof disaster control room capable of functioning effectively even during any flood exigency. He also advised the ERA to ensure strict quality control while executing works under various projects.