Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Friday said that all eyes were on Uttar Pradesh and so it was important that so much work is done in the state as has never been done before. He also said that in the next five years, the state would scale new heights. Whatever promises we have made to the people, we will fulfil them, he added. The state will witness new milestones of development soon, the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the emergency medical transport service 'Samajwadi Swasthya Seva' at his 5, Kalidas Marg residence. Mr. Yadav kick started the ambitious scheme by dialling 108 and by presenting a symbolic key to Mr. Gajendra, driver of one of an ambulances. The Chief Minister also dedicated 22 community health centres and 8 primary health centres to the people constructed in 18 districts at a cost of Rs. 67.43 crores.
The Chief Minister further stated that his government was making serious and honest efforts for the poor and decisions were being taken to ensure that the benefits of various schemes undertaken by the government reached the common man. He also lauded the health department for fast tracking schemes and said it was heartening to note that the department which was mired in corruption in the previous BSP government was giving good results this time.
He congratulated the Health minister Mr Ahmad Hasan for all the good work being undertaken and aired his happiness that well equipped 133 emergency ambulances were rolling out for the 13 districts in the first phase of the scheme. Under the Samajwadi Swasthya Seva any person in emergency on dialling 108 will get the ambulance service within 20 minutes of the call being made.
The Chief Minister also announced that by year end every PHC would have an ambulance of its own. It may be mentioned here that on August 22, the Chief Minister had flagged off 200 ambulances. The CM also pointed out that by October this year, 972 ambulances would reach the 820 development blocks in the state and informed that by year end 1000 ambulances for pregnant women and small children would be made available through 102 toll free number which would be connected to a call centre. The CM also spoke of plans to make 100 bedded hospitals in many parts of the state.
Mr. Ahmad Hasan in his address assured the people of utilizing every penny of the funds earmarked for the health department for the benefit of the people of the state. We will do it in the cleanest and most honest manner possible, he added. On ambulances provided under the Samajwadi Swashtya Yojna, three drivers each would be available on each ambulances, the minister said.
The ambitious service coming under Dial 108 has been launched in 13 districts - Mainpuri (11) , Etawah (09), Lucknow (13), Kannauj(10), Saharnpur (13), Meerut (16), Rampur (8), Moradabad (10), Muzaffarnagar (11), Sambhal (08), Shamli (05), Baghpat (08) and Ambedkarnagar (11) - in the first phase. For the service, a 100 seater call center has been established in the city and it would be functional 24x7.
PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav while lauding the ambulance initiative stressed on the need of improving the conditions of the roads and informed that other than PWD department taking the initiatives, roads would also be built on the PPP model. Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani speaking earlier said that under the leadership of the young Chief Minister, new milestones were being set in the development history of the state.
He said that the agenda of development would be implemented both in letter and spirit. Also present at the function were Labour Minister Mr. Waqar Ahmad Shah, Revenue Minister Mr. Ambika Chowdhary, Panchayati Raj Minister Mr. Balram Yadav, Stamp and Registration minister Mr. Durga Prasad Yadav, Minister of State for Health Mr. Shankh Lal Majhi, MoS (Protocol) Mr. Abhishek Mishra, PWD and minor-irrigation state minister Mr. Surendra Singh Patel, Mission Director of NRHM Mr. Mukesh Meshram and senior officials of the health department, Principal Secretary Health and Family Planning Mr. Sanjay Agarwal proposed the vote of thanks.