|December 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm #6063|
Health Minister Francis D’Souza on Tuesday said that the government will go ahead with the two health projects of AYUSH research centre and the ESI hospital proposed in the Chimbel village, as the land earmarked for the same belongs to the health department of the state government.
“The 100-bedded ESI hospital will come up in 50,000 sq mt land in Chimbel,” D’Souza added, pointing out that the land for the same would soon be transferred to the department of labour and employment. “The government will go ahead with these projects, and if someone wants to create a controversy, then let it be done,” he retorted.
It may be recalled that the Chimbel gram sabha, claiming that the village does not have adequate land, had recently rejected four government projects proposed in the village including IT Park, AYUSH research centre, ESI hospital and biomedical waste plant. Union Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge), Shripad Naik, it may be recalled, had assured an all India research centre cum 100-bedded hospital for Ayurveda at Chimbel.
Speaking further, the Health Minister said that the general health insurance scheme of the state government named as the Deendayal Swasthya Seva Yojana would be implemented in the state from April 1, 2016, while the work for providing related family health cards for all Goans would be carried out from January to March 2016.
Stating that the government will soon notify major hospitals in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, along with those in Goa, for patients to receive treatment under the particular general health insurance scheme, D’Souza said that after the implementation of the scheme, if any Goan family fails to get its family health card done, then the family will have to bear 33 per cent of the cost of treatment under the scheme for the first three months. “The family will have to bear 66 per cent of this cost under the scheme, from third to sixth month,” he added, pointing out that after the end of six months, following the implementation of the scheme, any Goan family without family health card will not be entitled for availing its benefits.
D’Souza, who also holds the urban development portfolio, said that the State Election Commission is not too keen to take up delimitation of the wards under the Corporation of the City of Panaji, and wants to conduct the election for electing the CCP councillors under the existing scenario. “I have spoken with the concerned authorities of the Commission,” he added, mentioning that he is of the opinion that the wards should be odd in numbers, to prevent a tied situation like the one faced by the Canacona Municipal Council. Presently, the Corporation of the City of Panaji has in all 30 wards.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Govt to go ahead with health projects in Chimbel“