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Medical tests will be at Rs. 1 for poor in Karimnagar from now

Mayor Ravinder Singh

Karimnagar: After much exposure to innovative schemes such as the Rs 1 tap connection and the Rs. 1 funeral, Karimnagar Municipal Corporation plans to bring more such programs.

Although the current KMC body tenure is set to expire on July 3, it has created four new programs aimed at supporting the poor.

First, KMC has decided to give BM (blood pressure), diabetes (sugar) and urine tests at Rs 1. For this purpose, the corporation plans to set up a laboratory in the office premises and procure equipment worth Rs 25 lakh.

Announcing this to the media on Saturday, KMC Mayor S Ravinder Singh said Health Minister Etela Rajender had assured the Medical Health Officer for the corporation.

When he shared his idea with TRS Working President KT Rama Rao, the latter advised the establishment of a PHC in the corporation along the lines of Basti Dawakanas.

People need to spend at least Rs 500 to get a general diagnosis in private centers. Private nursing homes will also accept the tests conducted by the corporation, which will be launched in a fortnight.

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Another idea of the Corporation is to launch Chappal Ghar, where KMC employees collect unused chappals, shoes, books and other materials from the public and give them to the needy by recycling them.

The boot house is being constructed at Kala Bharati to repair the collected chapel and shoes.

Similarly, the Corporation has decided to convert KMC’s night shelter into an aging home in Rampur area. Private aging home managers charge around Rs 3,500 per month for each elderly. The mayor said they had decided to accommodate more elderly people by turning the night shelter into an aging home.

Finally, they decided to set up libraries in community halls to prepare for the competition and other exams for unemployed youth. A special library for women will also be developed in the women’s community hall. TSPSC Chairman Ghanta Chakrapani has promised Rs 1.5 lakh for setting up of libraries.

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