Vizag: Arogya Raksha cards launched for school students

"Once the project was successful, steps would be undertaken to implement in phases all over the State," HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said

By Author   |   Published: 2nd Oct 2017   8:06 pm
AP HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao launching pilot project for Student Health Scheme in Visakhapatnam.

Visakhapatnam: A pilot project would be implemented to make available online the health profiles of students of classes 6 to 10 in Government schools in Bheemunipatnam Assembly constituency, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said here on Monday.

Once the project was successful, steps would be undertaken to implement in phases all over the State, he told reporters.

During a recent visit, he had found in Anantagiri mandal that several students were facing health problems, mainly from anemia and malnutrition. The Government was keen the students should overcome health issues and come out with flying colours in health and education.

Towards this, the Education, Medical and Health, and Tribal welfare departments made a thorough study and finalised a check-sheet which would be used to create health profiles of the students and upload them, he explained.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao also said that measures were being taken to provide health services in the agency and specialist medical teams were already set up for the purpose. The teams would initially collect the health profiles of 20,000 students of all high schools in one month and distribute Arogya Raksha health cards to them, he said.

The Minister said that about 17 per cent of the budget working out to about Rs.23,209 crore was allocated by the State Government to the education sector this year. Of this Rs.5,000 crore was being earmarked for providing infrastructural facilities to students –like additional classrooms, kitchen, playgrounds, toilets, compound walls furniture and digital classrooms in schools and the work would be launched on November 14, he stated.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao also announced that the Government took a historic decision on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi on Monday to make study of Telugu compulsory as first or second language in all Government and private schools and a GO would be released shortly to this effect while the guidelines were under preparation. All students would need to study Telugu as a subject from Class I to Intermediate level under this, he stated.