The State government is launching yet another welfare initiative on Thursday. Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy would launch eye screening programme – YSR Kanti Velugu – for the people. The chief minister would launch the programme at Ananthapur on October 10.
The scheme would continue for next three years where the government would sponsor the cataract surgeries and provide spectacles to those who need it in the next three years. This scheme would start with the screening of the school children in the first phase followed by the general public in the subsequent phases.
The second phase would have the cataract surgeries in the government and private hospitals, most of it under the YSR Arogya Sri scheme. The government is also involving the non-governmental organisations and the charitable trusts across the country and even among the NRIs to sponsor the programme.
Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy is likely to give a call to the philanthropists to join the mission to give sight to the blind. He is also planning to make a call to the industries and business houses to share their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for the cause.
Though it is not known, what inspired chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy to launch this programme, it is set to give sight to lakhs of the unfortunate people. The initiative to give sight or correct the sight for the school children is a welcome move. It is here the NGOs, charitable trusts and philanthropists are expected to play key role.
However, it is to be seen in terms of human face and not as a welfare initiative of the government exclusively aimed at getting votes in the election. Like Arogya Sri of his father late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy, must have had some inspiring and touching incident that must have prompted him to launch this programme.