57L families to get health insurance coverage in State
Expanding its social security base, the Government has decided to bring at least 57 lakh families under the health insurance scheme. The already functional scheme under the name of ‘Chief Minister Insurance Scheme’ has been amended to accommodate greater number of people coming from vulnerable sections.
The decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet on Tuesday. “The Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Bima Yojna would be launched in a new format which is more accommodative. Now, all the 57 lakh families given food grains under the National Food Security Act in the State would be given the health insurance coverage. The number of such families reaches up to 80 per cent of the total families of Jharkhand,” said Principal Secretary (Home) SKG Rahate while briefing about the decisions.
Earlier, the scheme was providing health coverage restricting to BPL families and construction workers only. Also, under its new avatar the scheme would be made fully cashless for getting medical claims from empanelled agencies and hospitals.
“The President on the occasion of State Foundation Day on Wednesday would launch the scheme which would provide Rs 50,000 as secondary diagnostic coverage (non-superspeciality) and up to Rs 2 lakh for tertiary diagnostics (suprespeciality). In addition to that, elderly persons can avail medical insurance up to Rs 2.30 lakh,” added Rahate.
In another important step, the Government under the centrally funded ICDS scheme would provide micro nutrient fortified and energy dense nutritious food supplements to children between six months to 3 years of age along with pregnant or lactating women. “Able and qualified suppliers of the nutritional dietary supplements would supply the food items to all 38,432 anganwadi and mini-anganwadi centres of the State,” said the official.
The Cabinet also cleared three roads, two in Gumla and one in Pakur for strengthening and repair along with land acquisition and bridge reconstruction. Together the roads would cost nearly Rs 155 crore for 50-odd kilometers. The roads currently under REO would be transferred to the Road Construction Department.
Also, .56 acre of land has been given to the Railways for building freight corridor at Jainagar of Koderma district at the cost of Rs 1.09 crore. Along with that, the Cabinet approved the MoU signed on March 25 involving Airport Authority of India and the State Government for upgradation of Deoghar airport as a joint venture.
A decision to revise DA by 1 per cent with the effect from July 1, 2017 to the pensioners has also been made. The Cabinet also declared a list of 24 public holidays for Government employees for 2018
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