Jagan to launch YSR Kanti Velugu at Anantapur; Free eye care for AP citizens

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government is going to launch another prestigious programme at Anantapur on October 10. The YSRC government plans to provide free eye care to its people in the name ‘YSR Kanti Velugu’. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will inaugurate the program at 11.30 am at Junior College grounds in Anantapur.

The government has chosen October 10 for this prestigious as it is World Sight Day. The government will provide free eye care to the entire 5.4 crore people of the state in six phases, in the coming three years. Seventy lakh school students, both government and private, will get eye tests and treatment in the first phase.

As per the guidelines of the programme, the government is going to support eye tests and operations for the financially weak people, if necessary. Eye tests, screening, distribution of spectacles, cataract operations, and other medical services will be provided at free of cost.

A task force is established to monitor the programme for which District Collectors are chairpersons. Government hospitals and 1,600 medical officers are taking part in the programme. The eye testing kits are already sent to all Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the state.

The second phase will be starting on February 1, 2020. The remaining people of the state will be provided eye care from this phase. The weak and vulnerable sections — community wise — will get priority in the scheme. Apart from doctors, ASHA workers, teachers, ANMs and public health staff will also be a part of the programme.

There is no looking back for CM Jagan on implementing his poll promises. Even though there is a steep fall in the state’s revenue in the first quarter, the young Chief Minister is committed to fulfilling his manifesto. Either way, layman seems to be happy with Jagan’s style of administration.

Durga Ramesh

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