Tribal Reform Yardstick (TRY) to ensure medical aid to tribals

Tribal Reform Yardstick (TRY) to ensure medical aid to tribals
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The government has launched Tribal Reform Yardstick (TRY) to ensure quality medical aid to all the tribals in seven ITDAs in the state. In order to create awareness among the officials on TRY, a meeting, chaired by Principal Secretary Health Poonam Malakondaiah with all the line department heads and officials of the ITDAs was conducted here on Thursday.

Visakhapatnam: The government has launched Tribal Reform Yardstick (TRY) to ensure quality medical aid to all the tribals in seven ITDAs in the state. In order to create awareness among the officials on TRY, a meeting, chaired by Principal Secretary Health Poonam Malakondaiah with all the line department heads and officials of the ITDAs was conducted here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Poonam Malakondaiah said that in coordination with all the line departments, the TRY would be implemented across the state. Though the government implementing several welfare programmes in the Agency areas, there is no good progress in the tribals life style. The maternal and infant mortality rates were still not controlled in the Agency areas. In order to provide efficient medical services to the tribals, the TRY programme was launched, the principal secretary said.

Under the TRY programme, each line department would be given three special targets with three months time and key indicators would also be issued to the departments. The departments according to their given targets have to prepare an action plan. The government would also release special funds to the departments to reach their targets, Poonam Malakondaiah explained.

The government would sanction one area general hospital in each ITDA, and upgrade/develop the Primary Health Centres to ensure 24/7 quality medical services, she added.Talking about the infrastructure, she directed the Panchayat Raj and Rural Water Supply department to prepare an action plan to lay new roads to each habitation and supply potable water to each panchayat in the Agency areas.

The government would discuss with the telecom operators to ensure mobile connectivity in each village in the Agency areas, she added. In order to achieve 100 literacy among the tribals by 2029, the education department must prepare an action plan immediately, she directed.

The government has constituted a state and district-level committees to review the functioning of TRY. Chief secretary would chair the state-level committee in which 10 principal secretaries of various line departments and all the project officers of seven ITDAs are the members.Adviser to the health department Jitendra Sarma, Collector Pravin Kumar, project officers of Paderu, Sitampet and Parvathipuram, several line department heads were present.

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