The national health insurance scheme for unorganised labourers will be launched in the seven divisional headquarter districts of Rajasthan during its first phase shortly for the benefit of about 1 lakh workers. The scheme would mainly cover construction labourers, MGNREGS workers, bidi labourers and street vendors.

Union Labour and Employment Ministry's Director-General for Labour Welfare Anil Swarup said at a workshop here that the scheme, successfully implemented in several States, had extended health care benefits to lakhs of unorganised labourers.

The workshop organised by the State Government's Labour Department provided useful information on the procedure for the scheme's execution and its benefits as well as the details of the insurance companies issuing smart cards to the registered labourers.

The participantswere told that the scheme would cover five family members of the insured labourer and would entitle the covered family to get free-of-cost medical treatment valued up to Rs.30,000 at registered hospitals in a year.

Mr. Swarup pointed out that the States such as Kerala, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh were successfully conducting the scheme, while about 2.50 crore people across the country had been registered for it: “The first and foremost requirement for the scheme is the absolute commitment of the State Government concerned.”

The participants deliberated on a strategy to connect the MGNREGS labourers effectively with the scheme.