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Bengal: Like ordinary people, CM Mamta stood in queue to get health plan card

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Kolkata. West Bengal (West Bengal) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stood in queue with the locals on Tuesday to get her ‘Swasthya Sathi’ smart card in Kalighat area. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh accused him of doing ‘pure drama’. Trinamool Congress chief Urban Development Minister Farhad Hakim and other government officials arrived at Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s distribution center ‘Jai Hind Bhavan’ at around 12.15 am to get their card.

‘Swasthya Sathi’ is an important scheme of the Trinamool Congress government which provides an annual health cover of five lakh rupees per family. Talking to reporters Hakim said that the Chief Minister stood in queue like a common man to get the card. He said that it shows that he is one of the common people of the state. On Monday, the Chief Minister had requested all the ministers to take their respective cards. State Chief Secretary A. Bandopadhyay had said that more than one crore people have registered themselves under this scheme so far.

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Banerjee said that in all government schools, free eye check-up of students will be done and glasses will be given to four lakh children if needed. Meanwhile, a senior official said that the Chief Minister will go to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation distribution center near his Kalighat residence here tomorrow to get his ‘Swasthya Saathi’ smart card. It is a state-of-the-art health care scheme for the second and tertiary health care. According to Chief Secretary Alphan Bandopadhyay, Banerjee will stand in line with the common people to get her health partner smart card. The Chief Minister taking charge of the Health Department has appealed to other ministers to join the Health Partner Scheme.

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