West Bengal: Govt Launches ‘Chokher Alo’ Scheme To Provide Free Eye-Care For Everyone

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Just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is introducing popular schemes in the state. One such project is the ‘Chokher Alo’ scheme that will ensure cataract operations for senior citizens and eye treatment for all for free, over the next five years. It kick-started

The initiative has been rolled out on the lines of ‘eyes-for-all by 2025’.Reports have pointed out that more than 300 doctors and 400 optometry technicians will be working to achieve the scheme-targets.

‘Chokher Alo’ Scheme

Launched ByWest Bengal Government
Name OF Scheme‘Chokher Alo” (Free Eye Care Scheme)
Objective of SchemeTo Provide Free Eyecare Service
Date of Launching09-01-2021
Official WebsiteLaunching Soon

We are launching a new initiative — Chokher Alo —for a period of five years. The first phase under Chokher Alo would cover 1,200-gram panchayats and 120 primary health centers while the remaining areas would be taken up in the next phase.

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 Standard Chartered has four fundamental verticals, including ‘Seeing is Believing’, ‘Future makers by Standard Chartered’, ‘WASHE’, and ‘Fight against COVID-19’. Through the multiple defining initiatives, Standard Chartered has the ‘Seeing is Believing by Standard Chartered’ initiative is helping others see the world by reducing preventable blindness. Under this initiative, many like Pratima Sikdar suffering from cataracts or Puja Padul suffering from Diplopia have been able to receive the gift of vision.

The project will provide free eye-care, including cataract surgery, spectacles, and eye check-up to all. The name and logo were decided by CM herself.

Mamata Banerjee also inaugurated an advanced trauma-care facility equipped with modern infrastructure and facilities at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The Rs 10-crore unit will have 20 beds, two operation theatres, and a 10-bed recovery room.