With an objective of strengthening the health services in the state, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu today handed over four ambulances to the Health Department.
The ambulances were procured from the Corpus Fund of the Excise Department and will be distributed to the Government Health institutions.
The Finance Minister along with Minister of State Finance handed over the keys of the ambulances to the Health Minister and flagged off the same for District Hospital Kathua, District Hospital Doda, CHC/Emergency Hospital Banihal and CHC Chenani in the presence of local public representatives of these areas.
The Excise Department has provided the ambulances under CSR Programme for which the department has created a Corporate Social Responsibility Corpus Fund. This fund is being used for the support to de-addiction centres, measures to remove the instance of drunken driving, promoting road safety and other similar purposes. The department is also contributing to the fund collected from all stake-holders/liquor industries.
Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister said the fleet of ambulances shall bring definitely a big relief to the patients coming from far off places and will be great support to the tertiary health care.
Distilleries/bottling plants, wholesale traders and retail/off licenses have been contributing in the Corpus Fund by providing Rs 2400 each annually while as bars/hotels/banquets/clubs etc by providing Rs 6000 annually.