Free Surgery for Children having Cleft Palate and Lip. Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Assam, NHM and Operation Smile jointly initiated a special drive for Cleft lip and Cleft Palate patients in the year 2009. A critical element towards fulfilling the vision of a “Cleft Free Assam” is the establishment of a Comprehensive Cleft and Child Care Centre which was set up at the Mohendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, Guwahati for providing year-round surgical care to patients with cleft deformities. This centre is conceived to be a state-of-the art cleft care centre matching global standards to provide comprehensive care to patients of Assam having the capability of running 6 operating tables simultaneously. Target Group of the scheme: Patients living with untreated cleft lips or cleft palates. Eligibility for getting Benefits: All cleft lips or Cleft palates people.