Defence Ministry shows interest in Rajasthan govt's medicine scheme



Jaipur: Defence Ministry has shown interest in Rajasthan government's free medicines scheme and invited state officials for a presentation to MoD officials in Delhi.

Speaking at a function at the South Western Command here, MoS Defence Bhanwar Jitendra Singh requested the state health minister to send a team to Delhi for a presentation.

"Gehlot government has done remarkable work in Rajasthan. The state has a good scheme of free medicines and I request the health minister to ask his officials to give a presentation to MoD officers," Singh said.

Later, on the sideline of the function, Singh told reporters that his Ministry will explore how the scheme can be used in the Defence set up.

"We want to learn from the state government's experience with regard to free medicines schemes. We keep running welfare schemes and programmes for veterans and will see how they can be improved," he said.

The minister inaugurated online bill processing of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).

Online bill processing will benefit all members of ECHS by ensuring transparency and considerably reducing the time period between treatment of patients and release of payment to the empanelled hospitals, he said.

Six more polyclinics will be operationalised in the state by the end of this year, said Singh adding, the state will get two Sainik schools - one in Jhunjhunu and the other in Alwar.

When asked about the incursion by Chinese troops who entered the Indian territory in eastern Ladakh, the minister said, he was not in a position to comment on the matter as he has not received an official report yet.

Earlier in the day, Singh attended a rally of veterans in Kota.

PTI