CM Fadnavis aims to make Maha cataract-free by 2019

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's dream of making Maharashtra a cataract-free state will soon come true. CM Fadnavis himself has taken initiative which is not only for senior citizens but also for entire Maharashtra state. Approximately in 20 months, 17 lakh free cataract surgeries will be done. Apart from this, free spectacles will be distributed to these patients


There is a backlog of around 17 lakh surgeries across the state. Cataract of more than 5 lakhs people is mature. Therefore, CM Fadnavis decided to make Maharashtra cataract free. The Padma Shri awardee, Dr Tatyarao Lahane, joint director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), is appointed as the chief coordinator for the implementation of this project.

Cataract-free Maharashtra campaign:

  • Objective is to perform 17 lakh surgeries between December 2017 and July 2019
  • Cataract surgeries will take place in 175 eye clinics
  • 350 ophthalmologists will perform surgeries in department of Health and government medical colleges
  • Every day a doctor will do 20 surgeries
  • Thirteen lakh surgeries will be performed in 20 months

Speaking to My Medical Mantra about cataract-free campaign, Dr Lahane said, “Private doctors will also participate in this. NGO’s help will be taken to carry out surgeries. This decision taken by the Maharashtra government will be inspiring for other states across India.”