07 january 2013
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is considering a proposal to provide free medical tests for parents and grandparents of the students studying in civic high schools.
According to the proposal, submitted by the health department, all people who fit in the above category and are over 50 years old can benefit from this scheme. The proposal will come up for a final decision before the standing committee during its next meeting.
"Three private organisations have participated in the tender process for the medical test programme. The contractor should be given Rs 490 per person. The total expenses for the programme will be around Rs 50 lakh," says the proposal.
Civic medical officer of health S T Pardeshi said, "We will conduct tests such as sugar and haemoglobin check–ups. The funds for the programme are available in the budget."
The civic administration has planned several schemes for students in PMC–run schools. It plans to provide free medical treatment to needy students studying in primary and secondary schools in the city. The women and child welfare committee has approved a proposal for free medication to students till Class X; the law committee has given a go ahead to the programme too.
The women and child welfare committee also plans to make annual anaemia tests compulsory for girl students in municipal schools, after a large number of them were found to be anaemic.
The PMC runs around 300 Marathi, Urdu and English medium schools in the city. Around 86,000 students study in these schools. Of these, around 30% study in high schools.