Bangalore: Union Labour and Employment
Minister Mallikarjun Kharge Friday rapped Karnataka Government
for not being "pro-active" in implementing centrally sponsored
schemes, especially the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.
Karnataka lagged behind Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,
Kerala in implementing RSBY programme envisaged for health
care of poor, he alleged.
Kharge said 2.30 crore smart cards and 6.50 crore BPL
smart cards had been issued under RSBY under which the poor
could purchase medicines worth Rs 30,000 annually.
"We are ready to provide the funds, give facilities but
it is the state government which has to come forward with a
matching grant and provide land needed to create
infrastructure like building of ESI Hospitals," he said.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a
Nursing College and an Auditorium being built by Employees
State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) here.
"Instead of saying that he is a victim of black magic
and his life is under threat, he must channelise energies to
ensure utilisation of central assistance" Kharge said taking a
dig at Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa had claimed there was a conspiracy to
eliminate him by taking recourse to "black magic" after
efforts to use it to unseat him from power failed.
Kharge also asked the government to fill the vacancies
for doctors and nurses in ESI Hospitals.
He said generally the state budget is always presented
after the central budget "but in this case now Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa seems to be in a hurry and must be having his
own reason in deciding to table the budget prior to the
State Labour Minister B N Bachchegowda said there were
188 vacancies for doctors in ESI hospitals in the state out
of which 95 posts would be filled through the state public
He appealed to Kharge to ensure that nurses trained in
the ESI Nursing Training Colleges were absorbed in ESI