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Assam Launched free Medicines Scheme for tea garden Workers

Published on October 07, 2019
Current context: The Assam Government has launched the Free Drug Scheme for giving medicinal security to the tea garden workers.
Assam Launched free Medicines Scheme for tea garden Workers
  • The Free Drug scheme will provide medicines including 142 essential drugs, 47 surgical items, 45 consumables/linens and 6 numbers of disinfectants free of cost to 651 tea garden hospitals in the State garden.
  • 20 crores will be allotted each year on this scheme. This scheme is similar to already available scheme Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) which was operational in 442 tea garden and has a wage compensation of Rs12,000 which given in four instalments to pregnant women working tea garden.
  • Add to this Assam government is planning to reduce cost of foods under National Food Security Act i.e. rice from Rs3/kg to free 5kg rice/family and 2kg/family to 4 lakh family.
  • Government will also stress on setting up more educational institutes. These all measures are being taken as tea industry is in financial crisis due to price stagnation and overproduction.

Question: 

Q.1 Which state government has launched the Free Drug Scheme for tea garden workers?
a. Assam
b. Tripura
c. Manipur
d. Sikkim
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