DIGBOI, July 23: Underlining his proactive role in ensuring best possible assistance in restoring good health among the ailing members of BPL families and hurdle-free education among the BPL students within Digboi Legislative Assembly Constituency, Suren Phukan, the local MLA, said that around Rs 1.40 crore had been disbursed so far among the needy BPL families under Assam Arogya Nidhi (AAN) scheme as well as for promoting the educational cause in two years.
The fund thus embarked was given from the MLA Area Development Fund (SUHRID) and partly from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Phukan, who distributed the cheques ranging from Rs.15,000 to Rs 35,000 among the deserving 30 BPL beneficiaries recently at his Tingrai-based BJP office out of the CM’s Relief Fund, said that the government healthcare initiatives in the form of ANN had been properly implemented in his constituency, providing financial aid to patients belonging to places like Digboi, Makum and Tingrai and enabling them to treat ailments like cancer, AIDS, heart disease, kidney and urinary diseases and other orthopaedics complications.
“BPL families from both the urban segments and rural pockets were earlier extensively communicated and urged through awareness drive to come forward and avail the optimum benefits that the government offers through several socio-economic, health and educational schemes,” said Phukan.
A roadside vegetable vendor at Golai bazaar in Digboi, Janapriya Baruah is the father of one of the ailing beneficiaries, Avinash Baruah (22). He said, “My pockets are empty from treating my son who is suffering from a neurological disorder and undergoing treatment at a private nursing home in Dibrugarh since 2009. I had been through a tough time when I heard of the scheme and immediately applied around two months back. The amount thus received will provide me relief in meeting a part of the medical expenses.”