Imphal, July 22,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh distributed Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) cards to working journalists of the State. The CMHT card distribution function was held at Manipur Press Club today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that it is the bounden duty of every government to fulfil the aspirations of the people and make its people happy. He mentioned that to ease the hardships faced by the poor people for getting medical treatment in hospitals, the government had launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) on 21st January, 2018. Almost 3.5 lakh people belonging to about 67,000 families have been enrolled under CMHT, he added.
Chief Minister stated that around 12,000 beneficiaries have already been treated for free under the scheme. The Government has received and paid Hospital bills of about 14 crores so far. Similar to CMHT, the Government of India has launched PMJAY (Ayushman Bharat Yojana) under which an individual who is included in SECC 2011 list will get the benefits upto 5 lakhs for medical treatment. Chief Minister said that apart from getting benefits in empanelled and public hospitals in Manipur, CMHT card holders will also get benefits at renowned hospitals like Narayana Hospitals, Global Hospitals located at different parts of the country soon. Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the government and the hospitals soon, he added. He mentioned that 18 Special Wards will be constructed at JNIMS, Imphal soon.
Mentioning that there is economic growth in the State, he said that the New Development Bank has sanctioned a sum of about Rs 3400 crores for providing drinking water to the people of the State.
Lauding the efforts and role of the media houses, Chief Minister opined that media plays a constructive role in creating awareness on the existing welfare schemes to the people. He appealed the media houses to extend their help and support to the government to achieve inclusive development in the State.
Regarding the proposal to increase the number of media cards issued by DIPR to journalists, Chief Minister said that there is a need to need the number of media cards to working journalists as the number of journalists is increasing every year and directed the DIPR to look into the matter. He announced that the government will increase the maintenance amount of the Manipur Press Club Building from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs from this year.
During the function, Chief Minister handed over the appointment order to Th. Chinglensana, husband of Late Smt. Th. Rabina. Shri Th. Chinglensana has been appointed as Assistant Sub-Inspector in Police Department and posted at CID (SB). It may be mentioned that the State Cabinet in its meeting held on 22/12/2018 approved the appointment of Th. Chinglensana Singh, husband of Late Smt. Th. Rabina of Lamdeng Khunou to a suitable post.
Later, Chief Minister along with the executive members of AMWJU inspected the condition of the Manipur Press Club Building.
Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board, S. Rajen and President of AMWJU Bijoy Kakchingtabam were the Guest of Honour and President of the function. Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, IG (Adm) I.K. Muivah, Director IPR H. Balkrisna, officials of Health Department, media persons and others attended the function.