Odisha Government Launches ‘Mahaprayana’ Scheme to Transfer Dead Bodies from Hospitals to Homes
Patnayak Government wants to ensure that performing last rites isn’t a hurdle for anyone
Odisha government is busy in doing some good deeds to help out the poor living in state. As a part of efforts in that direction it has recently launched what it’s calling the “Mahaprayana yojna”, which aims to transfer the dead bodies of poor people from government hospitals to their homes completely free of cost.
In first-phase government has decided to include 30 District Hospital Headquarters (DHHs) and 3 Government Medical Colleges in the scheme. Aside from that, 37 other hospitals shall also be covered by the scheme, which include Capital Hospital, Rourkela Government Hospital, Acharya Harihar Cancer Research Centre, Cuttack (AHCRC) and Sardaar Ballabh Bhai Patel Sishu Bhawan, Cuttack.
The vehicle distribution plan for first-phase of scheme is as follows:
|Hospitals||Number of vehicles|
|District Hospital Headquarters||1 vehicle each|
|Government medical colleges||2 vehicles each|
Overall, a total of 40 vehicles will be engaged across the state during first-phase of scheme. These vehicles will operate under the functions of Red Cross, and funding for the scheme will be provided from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). Secretary of General Administration and Secretary of Health Department have already issued notifications to all District Collectors of state for speedy implementation of scheme.
Recently BJD-led Odisha government had also launched Harishchandra scheme, which aimed to provide financial assistance to poor people for performing last rites of their family members. These schemes are two good steps towards making it easy for everyone to perform last rites of their loved ones. But that’s not all.
In the meantime Patnayak government is also working on affordable healthcare services for poor people. It has announced a partnership with World Bank’s investment arm IFC for development of 12 specialty hospitals in state. Each of these hospitals will be somewhere between 50 – 200 beds in size, and will aim to provide quality healthcare services at affordable prices. The full capacity of project has been kept at 2,400 beds, which will increase the number of total beds in state by 8% and number of private beds by 15%. Most of these hospitals shall be opened in small towns and rural areas where economically disadvantaged people of state reside. This will also be the first and largest systematic rollout of hospitals in India under PPP (Public-Private Partnership) mode.
These steps come at a time when state is financially struggling due to cancellation of several programs by the Centre and cuts in funding, which is definitely a praise-worthy move of the government. If all goes well, these moves will definitely make affordable healthcare a more accessible reality in Odisha.