The Kanti Velugu programme of the State government to check up the eyes of every citizen for ailments will be launched across Telangana on August 15.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will himself participate in a programme in the Gajwel Assembly constituency represented by him while Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan will be requested to take part in it at some other centre. This was decided at an official meeting convened by Mr. Rao to discuss the arrangements for the programme on Saturday. A release later said Mr. Rao directed the government machinery to check up the eyes of every citizen and provide them spectacles, medicines and also take up surgeries if required, all free of cost. Quoting Mr. Rao, the release added the programme would cover 3.70 crore people in the State. The Collectors should draw up schedules in consultation with leaders.

The officials informed Mr. Rao that 799 teams were constituted to execute the programme. Each team would have a qualified MBBS doctor on outsourcing basis, optometrist, an auxiliary nursing midwife and other supporting staff. A total of 114 eye hospitals were identified for performing surgeries to patients. Mr. Rao advised uninterrupted eye check ups even during rain. Therefore, the district administration must make available government school buildings or any other accommodation for the teams.

The village-wise schedule of the check ups must be made public.

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