Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Tuesday announced a major health welfare scheme– Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana– to cover over 70 lakh families of the state under health assurance policy.  A family will be provided Rs 5 lakh health assurance cover per annum. The scheme would be effective from August 15, this year.

“One of our major commitments is universal health coverage. Today, in this regard, I am happy to announce that each and everyone visiting any government health institution from district to sub-centre level will be provided all health services free of cost,” said the chief minister. “Drop back assistance of Rs 500 will be provided to all pregnant women and infant who visit public health facilities,” he added.