CM’s health scheme to be relaunched soon: Pema

YINGKIONG, Dec 3: The Chief Minister’sUniversal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) will be relaunched soon under a new name – the CM’s Health Assurance Scheme – announced Chief Minister Pema Khandu at a public meeting here in Upper Siang district on Sunday.
“Much work has gone into modifying the earlier health insurance scheme that had numerous flaws, which led to loss for insurance companies,” Pema said, adding that the new scheme has been restructured to do away with hurdles faced by beneficiaries in availing cashless medical treatment.
He further informed that posts for GDMO and specialist doctors have been created, recruitment for which will be held soon. “Work is also underway to make functional five zonal hospitals,” he said.
Speaking on the initiatives taken for the development of the education sector, the CM assured that “by the next academic session, all shortages of teachers at secondary and higher secondary schools will be met, including filling up of subject teachers.”
He said the state government has created more than 1300 posts of teachers.
Saying that Upper Siang has made progress in the education sector with the setting up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya and a VKV in the district, Pema promised to immediately sanction funds for the constructing boundary wall and infrastructure for the government higher secondary school here, and to provide quarters for the teachers and the principal.
Regarding connectivity, he said a steel suspension bridge in Kodak, near Tuting, was inaugurated in February this year, connecting all the villages on the left bank of the Siang River in the circle.
Pema said work for road connectivity between Yingkiong to Paling CO headquarters, sanctioned under Phase-I of the NLCPR, has been completed. “The road from Zido to Mankota road has also been completed and work on the Pasighat to Yingkiong highway is progressing fast,” he said.
The Yingkiong to Ramdong road, under CRF, has also been sanctioned for Rs 13 crore, he said, adding that six bridges have been sanctioned to be constructed between Puging and Paling, under the NLCPR, for Rs 32 crore.
The Chief Minister also promised to finalise the sanction of funds for road connectivity between Yingkiong and Zido before the 2019 elections. He also said technical vetting is being completed for a road project from Mankota to Singa.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by local leaders, the CM assured to sanction funds for construction of a secretariat building and a helipad. He asked the local MLA and the department concerned to submit a DPR in this regard. He also assured to initiate flood protection work with the WRD department to protect the town and the helipad from erosion by Siang river.
On a request for sponsoring a bamboo festival in Yingkiong, the CM assured to provide a grant for the conduct of the festival.
Among others, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, RD Minister Alo Libang, state BJP President Tapir Gao, and Geku-Mariyang MLA Olom Panyang also spoke on the occasion.