Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Assam announces Rs 150 crore healthcare scheme

Assam government Thursday announced an ambitious scheme of advanced healthcare, worth Rs 150 crore, for the workers of 166 tea gardens in the state.
State health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said this ambitious scheme, under the Private-Public partnership mode, will cover the period between 2008-2012 and each tea garden has been provided Rs 15 lakh under the project. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was also present at the inauguration of this scheme this morning.
Presently, all tea gardens are covered by the Assam Plantation Act, under which it is statutory to have medical facilities provided by the garden managements in each of the estates.
As per the new scheme, in each hospital, one doctor, one nurse and a pharmacist have been appointed. The project will include improvement of infrastructure of delivery room, crèche as well as ambulance on need-based priority.
Assam has about 700 gardens and the tea garden labourers are members of the Congress-affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC).
But recently the Nationalist Peoples Party has been formed by a disgruntled section of the tea labour forces and they alleged that the Congress has been exploiting them over the decades and has not done anything for them.
‘’All these accusations are false. We are the only ones who have been doing something for the tea garden labourers and this scheme is a pointer to that,’’ Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

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