Odisha emulates Telangana’s Kanti Velugu scheme

The welfare schemes introduced by the TRS government in Telangana are being followed by various states in India. The latest being Odisha state which has emulated the successful Kanti Velugu scheme and renamed it a ‘Sunetra scheme’, ensuring free eye care services for all citizens in Odisha.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme on January 15, 2019, in Bhubaneswar.

Under the scheme, people will be provided with various eye care services free of cost at all Government-run hospitals, including community health centers (CHCs), sub-divisional hospitals (SDHs) and district headquarter hospitals (DHHS) and medical colleges.

Odisha CM Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said under the scheme all cataract patients in the State will be provided with operation facility along with appropriate glasses free of cost. The cataract operations will be conducted at all Government hospitals without any paperwork.

The ‘Kanti Velugu’ is a mega vision scheme in Telangana under which 3.7 crore people have been screened of their eyesight issues for free. The TRS government also gave glasses and spent on follow-up surgeries of the citizens, giving a fresh ray of hope especially to the senior citizens in the state.

Earlier, Rythu Bandhu scheme of Telangana was emulated by the Jharkhand government. And the Central government is looking into the prospects of implementing the same scheme across India.

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