Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday launched four new health schemes for the state including Mukhaya Mantri Chikitsa Raahat Kosh, Mukhya Mantri Rajya Swasthya Dekhbhal Yojana, Himachal Pradesh Health Protection Scheme and Telemedicine scheme for Pangi in Chamba district. He also inaugurated OPD/IPD, Trauma Center of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri government medical college, Ner Chowk, and Nursing College at Ner Chowk in Mandi district. Thakur announced to open Atal Medical and Research University in Ner Chowk medical college and enhancing the monthly pay of medical officers appointed on contract basis by ₹10,000 and that of specialist medical officers on contract basis by ₹15,000 per month. Addressing a public meeting on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that with the starting of this medical college, the people of the area would get specialised medical and emergency services round the clock.
He said that financial assistance would be provided to the patients from Mukhaya Mantri Chikitsa Rahat Kosh who were not covered under social security pension scheme. He said the people would also be facilitated by enhancing the assistance under Mukhaya Mantri Awasthya Dekhbhal Yojana through 175 registered government and private health institutes by enhancing the financial assistance from existing provision of ₹30,000 to ₹5 lakh. Under Himachal Pradesh Universal Health Protection Scheme the facility for free treatment up to ₹5 lakh would be made available. – Daily Pioneer