Port Blair, June 5: The Women Helpline 181 under the Directorate of Social Welfare organized Webinar on ‘Ayushman Bharat Schemes (PMJAY)’ and Women and Child Development Control Room under the Directorate of Social Welfare.

Dr. Nitin Shakya, Director (SW), emphasized on guaranteeing the rights of women and giving them opportunities to reach their full potential, which is critical not only for attaining gender equality, but also for meeting a wide range of international development goals. He also highlighted that empowered women and girls contribute to the health and productivity of their families, communities, and countries, creating a ripple effect.

Women Helpline Administrator, Smti Sushma Pandey, briefed about the Women and Child Development 24x7 Control Room established at Social Welfare Board, VIP Road, Junglighat, Toll Free Number 181 for Women and for Children 1098.  Women Helpline 181 under Mission Shakti scheme intends to provide toll free 24×7 immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence through referral linking with appropriate authority such as Police, One Stop Centre, and hospital and provide information about women related Government schemes/programs across the country through a single uniform number.

The Webinar was addressed by the Call Operator, Smti Depali Biswas (Call Operator) on introduction of Ayushman Bharat Schemes (PMJAY) and its aims, benefits of Ayushman Bharat Scheme, disease covered under Ayushman card, conditions for Ayushman card, eligibility for this schemes, how to apply for Ayushman Bharat Schemes and documents required for Ayushman Bharat card and that beneficiaries can access essential healthcare services covered under the PMJAY scheme at Ayushman Bharat empanelled hospitals were discussed.

The program was attended by PRI representatives, general public, AWWs, ASHA Worker, SHGs and staff of Women Help Line and Child Helpline.