Amritsar: As per media reports supreme Sikh body SGPC has decided to provide free medical aid to needy people in remote and border belt of Punjab. Specially equipped mobile medical vans would be arranged for the purpose.
SGPC chief secretary Dr Roop Singh said the roadmap for the scheme and the requisite budget would be finalised in the upcoming executive body meeting scheduled for March 7 at Fatehgarh Sahib.
The state has been bifurcated into three zones based on three Sikh temporal seats — the Akal Takht (Amritsar), Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib (Anandpur Sahib) and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib (Talwandi Sabo). The medical aid will reach the villages falling under these three zones, he said.
Dr Roop Singh said the medical vans would have qualified doctors, staff nurses, assistants, equipment, medicines etc. He said this facility could be started from April.
“We have already started the job of identifying the needy people of remote border villages and a survey is being conducted to know about the kind of medical treatment they require. These vans which will reach out to the needy people residing in the backward areas along the Indo-Pakistan border. For chronic patients, we will not hesitate in releasing special grant for their further medical expenses in hospitals,” he added.
SGPC’s additional secretary Diljit Singh said the SGPC had also offered to bear the wedding expenses of girls and expenses pertaining to Akhand Path or last rites for the deprived section of the Sikh community.
The SGPC has spared Rs 8 lakh to pay for the education fee of 84 Sikh students belonging to the Sikligar Sikh community in its budget.
The executive meeting would also decide upon the date of presenting the annual budget for 2018-2019. Officials said the annual budget would tentatively be presented between March 28 and 30.