VILLUPURAM: Families of agricultural labourers will be the major beneficiaries of the recently launched Kalaignar Health Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatments, according to K.P. Ramalingam, president of the Agricultural Labourers’ Welfare Board.
Speaking at a function got up here on Wednesday, he said that of one crore families to be covered under the scheme, more than three-fourths, were that of farm labourers.
To bring them under the purview of the scheme, the government had already paid a total premium of Rs. 375 crore.
Mr. Ramalingam said that under the social security scheme, as many as 75,34,814 farm labourers’ families with a total membership of 1,71,17,816 had been enrolled so far in the State.
The scheme provided for financial assistance to the families for marriage of their wards, education and compensation for accident victims.
From 2006 to 2009, a sum of Rs. 318.62 crore had been disbursed to 4,21,821 people under the scheme. Mr. Ramalingam said that Villupuram district was in the forefront in the implementation of the social security scheme.
The district had on its roll 6,53,718 families with a total membership of 15,46,155 under the scheme. Mr Ramalingam congratulated Collector R. Palanisamy and officials for the effective implementation of the scheme.
He said that the government had assigned the task of monitoring the implementation of the social security scheme to him and vice-president K. Challamuthu.
So far, they had visited the districts of Kanyakumari, Madurai, Dharmapuri, Karur, Namakkal, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore where they had disbursed assistance amounting to over Rs. 3.66 crore to 3,273 beneficiaries.
At a function in Villupuram, Mr. Ramalingam gave away benefits worth Rs. 44 lakh to 240 people. He said that he would recommend to the government to provide adequate transport and communication facilities to the officials involved in providing relief and rehabilitation measures.