Keonjhar Gets Smart Health Cards, Clean Drinking Water To Follow

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik virtually distributed the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) smart health cards to the people of Keonjhar on Thursday. He also announced other developmental projects planned for the district.

Patnaik promised that the state government will provide safe piped drinking water supply to every household in the Keonjhar district by the end of 2022. He assured the people that his government aims to transform Keonjhar into a prosperous district.

“All villages, towns and families of the district would be provided with piped drinking water by December 2022,” said the CM.

Patnaik went on to launch several development projects worth Rs 2,037 crore for the district. The focus areas for these projects include healthcare, education, roads and bridges, sports infrastructure and livelihood.

Out of this, over 140 projects worth Rs 458 crore have been inaugurated. Meanwhile, foundation stones were laid for 257 other projects worth Rs 1,201 crore.

With an emphasis on infrastructure development, the CM announced 13 new projects worth Rs 378 crore for the Keonjhar district, including a mega poultry farm worth Rs 36 crore expected to benefit 30,000 people from tribal communities.

Notably, the state government has distributed the smart health cards across 13 districts after announcing the project under BSKY on the occasion of Independence Day.

Odisha aims to distribute health cards among 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh families. Each family can avail of treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh per annum, with the upper limit stretched to Rs 10 lakh for women members.

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