Bhubaneswar: Accepting the request of a tribal woman of Malkanagiri, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday enhanced the healthcare assistance for women up to Rs 7 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).

The Chief Minister announced this while discussing with the people of four districts during a video conferencing on Ama Gaon Ama Bikash Yojana at the State Secretariat here.

In a discussion with villagers under Ama Gaon Ama Bikash Yojana, a lady named Mamata Padiamy from Kalimela block of Malkangiri district said health issues of women in rural areas are more and requested to enhance the healthcare assistant amount for women under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana should be raised.

“Considering her request, I have decided to increase the health cover under the said scheme from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. This historic move, a first in the country, will benefit lakhs of women and assure adequate healthcare coverage,” he added.

He also tweeted, “During discussions at Ama Gaon Ama Bikash session today, Ms Mamata from Malkangiri called for enhancing Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana cover for women. Taking note, we’ve decided to increase the amount from ₹5lakh to ₹7lakh for women. This will hugely benefit our mothers & sisters.”

It may be mentioned that the CM had earlier on June 12 announced Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana that assures healthcare facilities of Rs 5 lakh for about 70 lakh families in the State,

Now with this announcement, Odisha has become the first State in the country to have a health insurance scheme of Rs 5 lakh for women, enhanced up to Rs 7 lakh.

The CM said that this will be immensely beneficial to the millions of mothers and sisters of the State.