The Kanti Velugu programme in Telangana aims to help people with vision problems. Over 1.54 crore people have already had their eyes tested and more than 21.85 lakh people have received glasses. The programme has been carried out in over 11,000 Gram Panchayat Wards and 3,495 Municipal Wards.
The first phase started in August 2018 and lasted eight months. Free eye screenings were held for 1.50 crore people and glasses were given to 50 lakh people. The second phase began in January 2019 and is still continuing. So far, 92.75% of people have had their eyes tested in the State.
The government has formed quality control teams at the state and district levels to monitor the programme. Officials believe that if the programme continues at the same rate, over 2 crore people could be screened by June 15.