Karunya Benevolent Fund
Karunya Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to under-privileged people suffering from acute ailments like Cancer, Haemophilia, Kidney and Heart diseases and for Palliative Care. The amount for the health scheme is raised through lottery. This welfare measure will be helpful to those who suffer from ailments, the cost of treatment of which are proved to be unbearable to lower and even middle strata of soceity
The income generated through the sale of Karunya Lottery is exclusively devoted for extending financial assistance to the purpose. Karunya Lottery comes out with an attractive structure offering Rs. 1 crore as 1st prize.
Special funds of Rs 10 lakhs would be allotted to all district collectors for disbursement during emergency situations.
The government will give accreditation to 32 private speciality hospitals for treatment of poor patients using grants from the Karunya Benevolent Fund. The treatment would be available for diseases affecting heart, kidney, liver and brain; cancer and palliative care from August 15. Assistance from the Fund is already available for treatment in government hospitals. Besides, two non-speciality government or private hospitals in each taluk would accredited for providing dialysis to kidney patients.
The Fund, which had been raised from returns from the government’s Karunya Lottery, currently had a corpus of Rs. 57 crore. So far, financial assistance of Rs 110 crore disbursed to 10,307 patients through various hospitals.