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BPL families to get health insurance from next fiscal

Bhubaneswar: People having BPL cards in Orissa would be covered under Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana from the next fiscal, official sources said on Monday.

This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here. "The BPL families to be covered under the health insurance scheme will pay only Rs 30 per annuam in order to get benefits," Patnaik said.

The state government decided to introduce the health insurance scheme in all the districts after implemnting it in six selected districts on pilot basis, sources said.

However, it was seen from the pilot project that the insurance company got a huge benefit to the tune of Rs 12 crore in a year as people failed to enchash the facility, said labour and employment minister Pushpendra Singhdeo.

Stating that lack of awarness among BPL families only helped insurance company, he said four insurance companies had shown interest to insure poor families in the state.

As it was found that the beneficiaries were not provided with insurance cards by the insurance company in the pilot project, the minister suggested that the panchayat extention officers (PEO) would henceforth be given responsibility of facilitating people to take benefits.

A family of five members could avail assistance worth Rs 30,000 per annum as health expenses, the minister said adding a toll free phone (number-155335) would be installed for helping people in getting benefit.

The government would spend Rs 408 as premium money for each family. While the state government would bear the 25 per cent cost of the premium amount, the central government had to give rest of the money.


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