Kullu, April 28: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in presence of Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Saturday launched several Central health schemes here for the state.

The schemes are Digital Nerve Centre, LaQshya Programme, Anemia Mukt Bharat, e-Compliance Programme and a mobile app of the Universal Health Protection Scheme.

He also laid foundation stone of a 100-bedded mother and child health wing of the regional hospital here to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore, a state government spokesperson told IANS.

The state has received Rs 5 crore for the hospital as the first instalment from the central government.

The LaQshya Programme is an initiative to improve the quality of care in the labour rooms and operation theatres and other areas related to mother and child to reduce proportion of maternal and newborn deaths.

Anemia Mukt Bharat is a step towards making mothers and children anemia free, while the mobile app of Universal Health Protection Scheme aims at achieving universal health coverage and e-Compliance is an endeavour to check tuberculosis and ensure 100 per cent compliance of its treatment.

The Digital Nerve Centre was launched in association with TATA Trust for linking the patients with specialist doctors for world class treatment.

Transport and Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said the Union Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ensuring that the pace of development did not suffer due to want of funds.

Member of Parliament Ram Swaroop Sharma said the best coordination between the Chief Minister and the Union Health Minister had ensured that the state gets immense benefits from the Central schemes.

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New Delhi, Mar 4: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his reply to the latest ED summons related to the excise policy case has expressed readiness to appear before the agency through video-conferencing after March 12, government sources said on Monday.

Kejriwal has so far skipped multiple summonses of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), calling them illegal and asking the agency to wait as the matter was in court.

The chief minister reiterated that the summonses are "illegal" but still he was ready to answer the questions by the probe agency, the sources said.

Kejriwal also has to appear before a city court on March 16. The court has sought his personal appearance in a complaint case filed by the ED over skipping of its summonses by him.