The DMK has urged the Election Commission to exempt the ‘Chief Minister Kalaignar’s Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments’ from the provisions of the model code of conduct in view of the December 19 by-elections in Tiruchendur and Vandavasi Assembly constituencies, and allow its continued implementation.
DMK parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu and chief whip in the Lok Sabha T.K.S. Elangovan met Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and Election Commissioners S.Y. Quraishi and V.S. Sampath here on Tuesday and made the request.
They wanted the EC to allow continuation of the scheme to enable the poor and low-income groups to get treatment in government and private hospitals for their ailments. Similarly, the government should be allowed to continue issuing biometric cards to eligible family members under the scheme without interruption. The process of issuing such identity cards (smart cards) had commenced even before the announcement of the date of the by-elections, they said.
Mr. Elangovan said the Commission had assured them to consider the request.