Odisha launches free hearse service

Bhubaneswar, Aug 25: Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched Mahaprayana scheme, a free hearse
service to carry dead body of their kin from hospitals for
“The Mahaprayana scheme
will lessen the pains of the poor in transporting dead bodies of their kin from
the hospitals. The hearse vans would be available at all district headquarter
hospitals and Government medical colleges. This service will complement the
Harischandra Sahayata scheme, providing financial assistance to the poor for
conducting of last rites of deceased family members,” said Patnaik at a
function organised at Bajpur in Mahanga in Cuttack district.
The hearse service will
be available at the all the 30 District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs), the
three medical college and hospitals, Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Post Graduate
Institute of Paediatrics (SVPPGIP) or Sishu Bhawan, Cuttack, Acharya Harihar
Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC), Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar and RGH Rourkela,
sources said.
A total of 40 vehicles
would be assigned to the 37 Government-run health care institutions in the
State with one for each of the 30 DHHs, two each for the medical colleges,
including SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, VIMSAR at Burla and MKCG
Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, one each for Capital Hospital, RGH,
AHRCC and Sishu Bhawan.
The vehicles would be
owned by the district Red Cross societies under respective district Collectors.
The CM also dedicated of
100 new bridges under Biju Setu Yojana
“It reaffirms our
resolve for accelerated infrastructure development at the grassroots. The
bridges constructed at a cost of Rs 328 crore will ensure all weather
connectivity to different villages across the State. As of 2015-16, 481 bridges
have been constructed with expenditure of Rs 780 crore,” said Patnaik.
Patnaik also launched
pension disbursal programme for additional 3 lakh new beneficiaries under Madhu
Babu Pension Yojana now. . There are around 43.22 lakh beneficiaries now.
Rural Development
Minister Badri Narayan Patra, Women and Child Development Minister Usha Devi,
Labour Minister Prafulla Mallick, Kendrapada MP Baijyayanta Panda and Mahanga
MLA Pratap Jena among many others were present.

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