Mumbai: The Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee
Arogya Yojana, which was launched in eight districts of the
Maharashtra, would cover the state in a phased manner, Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan said.
"People having an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh
per annum, would be given medical treatment up to a cost of Rs
1.5 lakh for free," he said at a function held recently.
The scheme, which focuses on assistance and efficient
service to the beneficiaries was launched in the eight
district in the first phase.
For this scheme, state`s expenses would go up by Rs
800 crore to Rs 1,000 crore, he said.
The scheme is being implemented in a phased manner in
three years and aims at benefitting about 2.5 crore families
having an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh and those
belonging to the BPL families.
It will include 972 surgeries, therapies and
procedures under 30 specialties with 121 follow-up packages.
The beneficiary families are being identified through
district administrations based on their ration cards,
Antyodaya Anna Yojana card (AAY), Annapurna card and orange
The state government also plans to implement emergency
medical service scheme, in which, an ambulance could be called
via a dedicated phone-line. Government plans to start services
of 1,000 ambulances under the scheme.