Punjab Budget 2022: Finance Minister Cheema announces that the injured in road accident will get free treatment. Punjab

27 Jun, 2022

Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema presented the state budget for the year 2022-23 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. While presenting the budget, he said that every person who was a victim of a road accident in the state would be saved under the Farishtey scheme.

The Finance Minister said that a scheme would be started in Punjab on the lines of Angel scheme in Delhi, under which anyone can take the victim of a road accident and get him admitted to the hospital. Road accident victims will be given free treatment and the entire cost will be borne by the Punjab government. The person who helps will be honored by the government.

Major announcements of the budget

In his budget speech, Finance Minister Cheema said that in the next 5 years, Bhagwant Mann government will establish 16 medical colleges covering every corner of the state. With this, the total number of medical colleges here will increase to 25. One super specialty hospital each will be set up in Patiala and Faridkot by 2024. Three more colleges will be opened in 2027. 11,560 crore was announced for the development of the agriculture sector. With this, Cheema said that Rs 6,947 crore would be spent to provide free electricity to agriculture tube wells. 

Roof top solar systems will be installed in government schools at a cost of 100 crores. A trust, called 'Punjab Sikhya Te Sehat Fund', will help build capital assets in the health and education sectors during the year. 200 crore allocated for the solution of stubble burning. The government will constitute a special commission, which will include only traders and businessmen, to make policies as per the wishes of the business community. The body will cooperate with the government in decision making and policy making. Rs 30 crore has been allocated to set up cyber control rooms in all districts to maintain law and order. CCTV cameras will be installed in Police Mahila Mitra Kendras during the financial year 2022-23.

In order to create new opportunities in the sub-hill Kandi region, it is proposed to develop a highway from Chandigarh to Pathankot along Shivalik. This year 117 'mohalla clinics' will be set up, out of which 75 will be operational by August 15. Initially, a provision of 77 crores has been kept for this. Like Delhi, 'Farishte' scheme will be implemented in Punjab. Under this, any person being a victim of a road accident can reach any hospital in the state. The injured will get free treatment, whose entire cost will be borne by the government.

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