Jammu: With a view to address the health
problems of underprivileged people, the Jammu and Kashmir
government on Sunday announced provision of free medicare and
other facilities to senior citizens and weaker sections of the
This was stated by state Health, Horticulture and
Floriculture Minister Sham Lal Sharma while speaking at a
He said instructions have been issued to concerned
authorities to ensure that all people living below poverty
line having valid (BPL) certificates and senior citizens in
the state were provided with free medicare facilities,
including laboratory tests and ambulance service, in all the
The minister said he asked the CMOs/BMOs to undertake
frequent tour and take stock of functioning of health
institutions in rural and other far-flung areas.
"Bottlenecks, if any noticed by them, should be either
cleared by them during the tour or to be brought to the notice
of higher authorities for quick redressal," he said.
Noting that the `referral system` has to be checked in
letter and spirit, Sharma said the concerned officials were
asked to adhere to the standing instructions strictly.
"All the referred cases should have genuine reasons
and heads of the institutions shall maintain proper record of
such cases and information thereof would be sent to the
Director Health Service and personal section of the minister,"
The Heath minister has also directed officers to
further improve work culture in health institutions and ensure
punctuality of staff.
He said steps were taken to ensure night stay of
doctors and para-medical staff in rural institutions to meet
emergencies, saying the government is providing better working
environment at such health institutions including residential
Noting that performance, merit and suitability will be
linked with with promotion and postings of doctors, Sharma,
however, warned that under performers will have to face the
consequences and even will be debarred from further promotion.
In order to keep a check on the sale of spurious and
unlawful medicines in the market and to recognize bonafide
chemist, the minister issued instructions to the controller
drugs to ensure that all the qualified people associated with
the sale of medicines should maintain proper dress code like
wearing of Aprons in their business establishments during the
working hours within 15 days, failing which they will face
action warranted under law.