The Jharkhand government is trying to make health benefits accessible to its entire people living in the remotest areas. Government is also introducing new benefits in the scheme, in order to provide maximum benefits to the people.
People living in the remote areas are illiterate and they don’t know about the 108 ambulance service. As a result of this, we came across many such people using different means, for carrying their patients. Recently in Chaibasa district, Durjo Kui took his ailing son and daughter in law to the hospital in a handcart.
Durjo’s son and daughter in law are ailing from the last Saturday and rather taking them to the hospital, his family members and relatives were in consultation with the local Tantrik for the treatment. When the condition became critical, then he took them to the hospital in the handcart.
Such superstitious practice is nothing new to our Indian society living in far-flung areas. Even in metros, such practices are common. So it is inevitable to question the intent of the government. When people are not aware of such 108 ambulance facility, despite spending crores of rupees over advertising of services the claims made by the government, raises serious doubts.
It is really important to assess the policy and its effectiveness when development is at the topmost agenda of the government. What is happening with our hard earned taxable money? Whether the Govt is using it properly or not? Why the common people are not at the receiving end of the health benefits program run by the government? Despite huge amount been spent over the years on publicity and promoting the program, why such case are coming every now and then from tribal areas?