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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 funeral.

“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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