Government Initiatives March 6-13, 2021

For A Better Healthcare

PM Modi Launches SEHAT Scheme To Extend Health Insurance Coverage To All JK Residents

More than 22000 free and cashless treatments have taken place under the SEHAT scheme Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) till February 2021. The scheme launched in December 2020 aims to provide Universal Health Insurance Coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family on a floater basis in convergence with central government’s Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). So far, more than 30 lakh residents of Jammu and Kashmir have registered under the scheme, covering about 56 per cent of the families. Under the scheme, in the first two months, 22.05 lakh Golden Cards were issued to eligible beneficiaries in addition to 13.28 lakh Golden Cards that were already in circulation issued under AB PM-JAY. Under AB PM-JAY, about 70 per cent of the eligible families have been registered. For the ease of the beneficiaries, the government has started registrations for the scheme in all empanelled hospitals besides a network of more than 5000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) has been established for this purpose.

Eliminating Covid-19

Nurses displaying the COVID vaccine kit during a dry run conducted by the Health department Kashmir at UPSC Nishat on January 2, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in the initial phases of Covid-19 vaccination inoculated 381200 people including 70 per cent health workers and 57 per cent front line workers. There was not a single reported case of any serious adversity. The next phase of vaccination for the third prioritized group began last week to cover approximately 15 lakh people above the age of 60 years, and persons with co-morbidities in the age group of 45-59 years. The vaccine is available for administering across 2034 Covid-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) including 34 private centres. In a related meeting that was chaired by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Deputy Commissioners were asked to supervise and monitor vaccination drives across the CVCs under their jurisdiction, besides ensuring that prices of vaccines at private establishments do not cross the prescribed limit of Rs 250 per dose. The vaccines will be administered free of cost at all government CVCs. Moreover, at the vaccination centres, arrangements have been made for the advance booking of appointments through a slot system on a day-to-day basis. The slots will be proportioned to accommodate reserved appointments of COWIN registered beneficiaries, second dose beneficiaries and open/walk-in beneficiaries. The district administrations were advised to promote awareness on registrations through the COWIN app, categories of prioritized beneficiaries, and Covid-19 vaccination centres through various IEC activities. DCs were asked to ardently promote Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, improve the rate of testing to meet respective target quotas, and mobilize the targeted beneficiaries towards the vaccination process through the frontline workers- ASHAs, AWWs, and ANMs.

Srinagar Smart

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha Inaugurate Srinagar Smart City Beautification project on Monday, March 1, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Jammu and Kashmir government last week inaugurated and laid foundation stones for scores of public utilities and developmental projects worth Rs 26.6 crore under the Srinagar Smart City Project. To upgrade the fire services apparatus of the Srinagar city, the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the strengthening of Fire Safety and Emergency Response System costing Rs 6.5 crore including two new fire stations, three fire tenders of 7500 litres capacity each; five Response Vehicles, Training centre; upgradation of Fire and Emergency Headquarter, installation of 140 fire hydrants; five fire fighting boats for Dal lake and safety suits for 150 fire service personnel. The occasion also witnessed the inauguration of Rs 4 crore worth project for the LED Lighting system of three bridges – Abdullah Bridge, Foot Bridge and Budshah Bridge on Jhelum river including illumination of bridges and bund, development of Pathways, Kiosks and painting of House Boats. Besides, for improving drinking water facilities at tourist places like parks, gardens and other public places, RO-UV system potable drinking Water Network of 50 water ATMs set up at different locations of the City costing Rs 2 crore was inaugurated by the Lt Governor. The project will also provide employment to 100 youth. The LG also laid the foundation of various City beautification projects worth Rs 10 crore which includes beautification of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover, LED lighting at different places, parking space for 320 vehicles, 3D painting, One public park and 10 open gymnasia, besides greening and beautification of road medians. The LG also laid the foundation for Rs 4 crore worth Smart Vendor Hawker Zone project at Jehangir Chowk to provide space to 250 Vendors. The project will have a solar lighting system, multiple categories of Kiosks, Restaurant, Vending machines, Water ATMs and adequate parking space, thus decongesting the roads and enabling smooth traffic movement in the city.

Farming For Better Returns

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha at Horticulture Expo- 2021.

The sixth Technology Exhibition cum Seed Sale Mela titled Shaping the Future Farming for Better Returnswas held last week at Shalimar campus of Sheri Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences (SKAUST). The Mela was inaugurated by Lt Governor  Manoj Sinha who inspected around 200 stalls showcasing a variety of products and technologies developed in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Agro-Forestry, Agri-Engineering, and other related fields. He also took stock of the stalls displaying and highlighting various farmers’ welfare schemes and programmes, besides the exhibition demonstrated by the other stakeholders dealing with agriculture inputs, farm machinery, and organic products installed during the event. Fruit plant seedlings, vegetable seeds, flower seedlings, poultry birds, milk and milk products, livestock feeds, vermin-compost, fish, value-added vegetable and fruit products were put on sale. The high-density plantation is the special focus of this year’s event. Besides, the new strides in agriculture through the use of Artificial Intelligence and other new-age technologies were also on display. The literature on Scientific Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, fish farming, and Livestock farming was also distributed among the farmers and entrepreneurs. A farmer-scientist interaction programme was also arranged for the visiting farmers.

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