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Arunachal to implement Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana -

27 March, 2010

Arunachal Pradesh will be the 24th state in the country to implement the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) Scheme. 40,000 families in the state that are registered under Below Poverty Line will be benefited from the scheme and it will be implemented from this financial year, informed Director of Rural Development J. Angu. The RSBY scheme launched by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India provides insurance coverage for hospitalization expenses upto Rs.30, 000/- for a family of five on a floater basis under the BPL category with the aim to improve access to quality healthcare for poor people and empowering them by giving power of choice. To this effect a state level workshop on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) -the health Insurance coverage Scheme for BPL category -was organized today at state banquet hall here to sensitize the stakeholders on the various aspects of the scheme. Addressing the inaugural session the Minister for Rural Development, Takar Marde assured that the DCs and other Govt. stakeholders would make their best efforts for successful implementation of the Scheme for the benefit of poor people of the state. The Minister also called for commitment of the Insurance Company in the implementation of the scheme while adding that poor people should not face any sort of problems while availing the scheme.

Earlier, Director General, Labour Welfare, Govt. of India, Anil Swarup stressed that for the success of the Scheme to a large extent the proactive initiatives of the DCs is very vital and urged upon them to commit themselves to the Scheme for the benefit of the poor of the state. He informed that the Scheme has been evolved with various features which are very user friendly. The Smart cards which are issued to beneficiaries form the basis of the Scheme being portable and user friendly the beneficiary can avail the facility in the empanelled govt. and private hospitals anywhere in the country. Through the RSBY one of the main factors of poverty i.e hospitalization leading to debt trap can be addressed thus reducing/eliminating an aspect of the miseries of the poorest of the poor of the country. On the issue of providing state share of 10% of the premium under the 90:10 Centre State share, the Director Rural Development, J. Angu also informed that the Department is evolving ways to mobilize state matching share as enrolment of beneficiaries will start after the State Government provide the State share of premium. Highlighting the various features of the scheme Dr. Nishant Jain, resource person from Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment also stressed on awareness creation and outlined the roles and responsible of State Government, role of District Key Manager (DKM), Healthcare providers and Insurance Company.  Representatives of the Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram also made a presentation on role of Insurance Company. The workshop was attended by the Deputy Commissioners, Dist. Medical Officers (DMO), and Project Directors (DRDA) of the state including representatives of the Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram.

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