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Odisha hikes health cover for women

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Odisha hikes health cover for women

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced an increase in the health cover for women under the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY) from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.

The Chief Minister announced the increase after holding a meeting on the "Ama Gaon Ama Bikash" programme here.

"During the meeting, one Mamata Padiami of Kalimela area in Malkangiri district requested me to increase the health assistance for women under the BSKY.

"I have taken note of the suggestion. So, the health cover will be increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh," said Patnaik.

The Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana was announced by the Chief Minister on June 12.

The BSKY will provide secondary and tertiary cashless health care assistance to around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state.

"This historic move, a first in the country, will benefit lakhs of women and assure adequate healthcare coverage. From Mission Shakti to Mamata and Khushi to land rights and houses, 50 per cent reservation in Panchayats to free bicycles and hostels for girls, Odisha stands for women.

"The enhanced BSKY cover is yet another step for women and also for healthy, happy and empowered Odisha," the Chief Minister tweeted.

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