New Delhi: The Delhi government Tuesday said it will set up a fund to provide financial assistance to economically weak suffering from life threatening diseases.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
"The government will release an amount of Rs.100 crore as corpus fund to make DAK (Delhi Aroyaga Kosh) functional," she said.
Initially, the government will release Rs.10 crore to enable DAK to grant assistance in its first year of existence, Dikshit told reporters here.
From the second year, financial assistance will be given from the interest on the corpus fund, which will be deposited in a nationalised bank.
People below poverty line or those on Antodya ration card will be eligible for the scheme. Patients whose annual family income is upto Rs.1 lakh are also eligible.
A patient can get maximum assistance of upto Rs.1.5 lakh per year.
However, in case of treatments like bone-marrow transplantation, kidney transplantation and liver transplantation, the maximum assistance can be increased to Rs.2.5 lakh