Scheme to benefit the eligible for treatment of 1,040 diseases

Kodagu Deputy Commissioner N.V. Prasad said on Friday that the ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna' (RSBY) would help people working in the unorganised sector as well as the poor to avail themselves of medical facilities.

Addressing officials at a workshop at his office in Madikeri, Dr. Prasad said the scheme was a boon to the people living below the poverty line. He said the poor found it tough to get good medical facilities. “The RSBY will solve their problems,” he said, according to an official release here. Dr. Prasad said that under the scheme, five members in a family could get medical insurance of up to Rs. 30,000 by paying a sum of Rs. 30 each. He said he would appoint a nodal officer to each of the 16 revenue hoblis in Kodagu to ensure the scheme was successful. Dr. Prasad said in some states, due to lapses by certain insurance companies the RSBY was not successful. He added that care would be taken to prevent such lapses in Kodagu.

He instructed the agency entrusted with the job of issuing of RSBY cards to start the process only after verifying all technical aspects. He said that such cards could be issued to each person in a mater of 10 minutes. Officials of various departments, including health, should gear themselves up for ensuring the success of the scheme, Dr. Prasad said.

Joint Labour Commissioner Jinkalappa, who gave details of the implementation of the Rashtriya Bima Yojna at the workshop, said the scheme was introduced in as five districts of the State last year and cards were distributed.

He said the other districts would be covered this year. Mr. Jinkalappa said the Centre bore 75 per cent of the cost of the scheme while the State Government bore the rest. He said the premium fixed for each card was Rs. 360, but the head of the beneficiary family would have to pay just Rs. 30 for the coverage.

“The card will make the beneficiaries eligible for treatments of as many as 1,040 types of diseases,” Mr. Jinkalappa said. Members of the BPL families, beedi workers, construction workers, domestic helps, those working for a minimum period of 15 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme, railway workers, petty shopkeepers were some of the categories eligible for the scheme, Mr. Jinkalappa said.

Mr. Jinkalappa said there were 51,000 persons registered under the below poverty line in Kodagu. He said the process of identifying other eligible persons needed to be made as well to complete the list of beneficiaries. He said the services of the village accountants, revenue inspectors, secretaries and panchayat development officers of the gram panchayats would be obtained to identify the beneficiaries. “The accredited social health assistants who take the beneficiaries to the hospitals for treatments, would be provided with cash incentives,” he said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, K.M. Chandre Gowda, said the district administration had to face problems due to the inefficiency of a certain agency entrusted with the work of distributing ration cards.

He said officials should take steps to prevent recurrence of such mistakes.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, N. Krishnappa, assured that the ZP would extend its cooperation.

  • Five members in a family can get medical insurance of Rs. 30,000 by paying Rs. 30 each
  • The Centre will bear 75 per cent of the cost of the scheme