Rajasthan Budget: ‘Janta clinics’ among series of measures to bolster patient care

Rajasthan Budget 2019

‘Janta clinics’ was among the many schemes announced recently by Ashok Gahlot-led Congress Government of Rajasthan while presenting budget in the State Assembly.

The 2019-20 budget also announced a Rs 1,000-crore farmer welfare fund, a Rs 5,200-crore dedicated feeder to ensure regular supply to farmers and other schemes for green energy, irrigation and health sectors.

In the healthcare sector, the government announced a series of measures in a bid to ensure accessible, affordable and quality care to people at large.

On the lines of a successful model of Delhi government’s Mohalla Clinics, the Chief Minister announced the opening of ‘Janta clinics’ near the residential areas across the state. It will enable people to avail better patient care near doorsteps.

The government also promised to provide free medicines to patients. It also stated that CT scan was made free for senior citizens and BPL families in all state-run medical centres.

Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, announced to set up 200 new health sub-centres, five new trauma centres and 50 new primary health centres in the state. The Chief Minister also announced 104 types of new medicines in the state government’s free medicine scheme.

In the wake of State recording 3 per cent fall in infant mortality rate, the government announced Indira Priyadarshini kit. It would be provided to the newborn girl child in the medical health care centre.

Also read: Ban Ki-Moon heaps praise on Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics project

On the infrastructure front, Gehlot proposed Rs 6,037 crore for public works department and said that Rs 35 crore will be spent on improving road infrastructure in the state.

CM higher education scholarship scheme for meritorious differently abled students, policy for intellectual property right to promote innovations, CM youth employment scheme for providing loan up to Rs. 1 lakh to 1 lakh youths, recruitment on nearly 75000 posts in various departments, youth motivation programmes, ‘Rajasthan Jan Aadhar scheme’ for ensuring delivering benefits of various schemes to beneficiaries were also announced in the budget presented on Wednesday.

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