The state government has set aside Rs 200 crore for the second phase of Kanti Velugu programme, a massive eye check up programme across the state. It will be launched by the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on January 18.
As many as 1,500 medical teams were constituted for the purpose and arrangements are being made at all village public health centres and ward wise special medical camps in towns. In village camps every day 300 people will be screened and in towns, 400 per day would be screened. The government will distribute free medicines and arrange free eye surgeries as well. The spectacles will also be distributed free to the needy
The Kanti Velugu was first launched on August 15, 2015 successfully with 827 medical teams then. A total of 1.5 crore people benefitted in the first phase and 50 lakh spectacles were distributed free.
It was decided to complete the programme in 100 working days, said Health Minister T Harish Rao.
It was also decided to distribute free 30 lakh reading glasses and 20 lakh prescription glasses.
It is one of the great and much needed programmes for the people particularly those in rural parts. The elderly in the villages are showering praises on chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his kind gesture. The greatness of the programme could only be well understood by the rural poor and empathetic ruler like KCR as he was thoroughly exposed to the needs of the people.
The people look upto KCR as their God and it is not an exaggeration.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao