Jaipur: The Sensitive Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has shown his humane face time and again and in the midst of implementing several welfare schemes, the Rajasthan government would soon pen down a Health Policy for denizens of the state to ensure citizen’s right to good health. For the purpose, the state government will initiate a state-wide sensitization process from December 17, incidentally, on the completion of one year of Congress Government in the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has maintained that the campaign will be turned into a success with public participation.
Gehlot chaired a meeting at CMO to draw the blueprint of the “Nirogi Rajasthan” campaign. The Chief Minister directed the medical and health department along with other departments to start preparations for the campaign and said, “It is of utmost priority of the state government to provide better health and facilities to the common person and for that it is necessary to make a multi-dimensional program. We will soon bring a law with strict provisions to stop adulteration of food.”
Notably, the officials have also been directed to consult experts in the field so that the program can be implemented at the grassroots level.
“State level and district level committees should be formed for planning and implementation of the programme. Everyone, right from children to elders, should be wary of their health. It will be the mission of Nirogi Rajasthan campaign to inform the masses about how to stay health and disease free,” Gehlot said, further adding, “To make the campaign a success, we need to change our approach. School students should be made the ambassadors.
Kids can influence their parents to adopt healthy habits.” Meanwhile, the state government will send proposals to the central government to open medical schools in three districts of the state. “Even after approval to open fifteen medical colleges, Jalore, Pratapgarh and Rajsamand districts still do not have a medical college and a proposal will be sent to the central government for the same,” Gehlot said.
The Chief Minister has also advised the officials to take stern actions against adulterators. Showing concern over the ever increasing instances of food adulteration in the state, Gehlot said, “the state government will provide human resources, experts, labs and equipment along with every necessary item so that those behind such acts are nabbed. All the concerned departments should chalk out a programme with the health department. The state government will not tolerate food adulteration,” Gehlot said.
The CM also gave his approval to the additional budget of Rs 66.47 crore for the re-aligning of the Sirhind Feeder in Punjab which will strengthen the renovation work ongoing at the Feeder. Notably, the Rajasthan Government, in its bid to provide water to farmers in the drier parts of the state, had signed a MoU with the Government of India and Punjab government and thus made a provision of 1,976 crore rupees for renovation related work. The CM had made a budget announcement of spending Rs 220 crore in the current year so that the excess water that gets drained out can be conserved and put to use in Rajasthan through IGNP. Moreover, the CM also gave his approval to implement the Rashtriya Gramin Arthik Parivartan Pariyojna in the state and thus gave his assent to make additional provisions to the tune of 22.86 crore. The Central Government’s scheme is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in women and youth in the villages.
In addition, the CM also gave approval to provision of Rs 100 crore to be spent on the maintenance of state highways and main district roads in the state.