ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday emphasized on maximum coverage of people under the three insurance schemes launched by the Centre – the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Yojana or the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
Chairing the 11th e-Pragati meeting virtually with all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) here, Khandu said that the common masses, especially in rural areas, are not aware of the schemes and benefits each scheme provide.
He asked the DCs to take advantage of the Sarkar Aapke Dwar camps to create awareness on these schemes, an official communiqué informed here.
"For the rural poor, these insurance schemes will be much beneficial as these can be availed free or at a very low premium. We need to take these schemes to villages and enroll as many beneficiaries as possible," the Chief Minister said.
He stressed on enrolling as many beneficiaries as possible under the State Government flagship scheme - the Chief Minister's Arogya Arunachal Yojana.
"Reaching out to the needy is your responsibility. Take regular review meetings on all such welfare schemes with concerned departments and reach the saturation point as soon as possible," Khandu told the DCs.
Referring to the target of February 28 next for implementation of shortlisted schemes, Khandu said that in the next e-Pragati meeting to be held after Statehood Day, he would take review of the status of each scheme district-wise.
Dwelling on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the backdrop of the new Omicron variant taking the world by storm, he directed the DCs to act independently as per emerging situation in their respective districts.
He urged them to refer to the SOPs circulated by the State Disaster Management Authority and the Health Department and also the guidelines drawn by the ICMR in dealing with any emerging situation.
Stating that though the new COVID-19 variant is extremely transmissible, it is not yet life threatening, Khandu, however, emphasized that vaccination is the only way forward.
He directed the DCs to constantly monitor the vaccination drives and inoculate all eligible persons as per recent order of the central government.
"It has been proved that vaccination is the only reason that this Omicron is not life threatening. Therefore, it should be our endeavor to vaccinate all our eligible citizens including those in the age group of 15 to 18 years," he pointed out.
Khandu called upon DCs of certain districts, where percentage of vaccination is still low, to take regular reviews and ascertain the causes for the low percentage and work on it.
During the meeting the Chief Minister reviewed the status of several schemes and projects including DBT, especially in SJETA and Education, Atal Pension Yojana, Prime Minister Shram Yogi Maandhan Yojana, One Nation One Ration, Aadhar seeding count, identification of obsolete laws, rules and regulations, National Education Policy, NIPUN Bharat Mission, education in mother tongue, draft state curriculum framework (SCF), the communiqué added.