Over 250 farmers benefit under Yashaswini scheme

MYSORE NOV. 13. The Minister for Cooperation, H. Vishwanath, has said that more than 250 farmers in the cooperative sector have availed themselves of medical benefits (surgery) under the Yashaswini Insurance Scheme in Mysore district since the scheme was launched in June 2003.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, the Minister said that the medical benefits had been availed of by farmers in the area of cardiology, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedic, hernia and other general surgery.

Apart from surgeries, medical facilities had been availed of by farmers at Shanthaveri Gopal Gowda Hospital, Nanjamma Jaware Gowda Hospital, Vikram Hospital, JSS Hospital and BM Hospital, which had been identified for treating beneficiaries of the scheme, he added.

He said more than 1,600 farmers had availed themselves of medical treatment as outpatients.

The health scheme was aimed at providing modern health care facilities to farmers in cooperative societies, he added.

On the success of the scheme, Mr. Vishwanath said that though the Government had set a target to enrol 25 lakh members during the first phase, it succeeded in enrolling only 16 lakh members.

He, however, said though farmers had not fully responded to the scheme in the initial stages, they were evincing interest in it now.

He said farmers should have been members of farmers' cooperative societies for at least six months to become a member of the scheme.

An annual premium of Rs. 60 should be paid, and family members of members of cooperative societies could also become members, he added. One of the major benefits of the scheme, Mr. Vishwanath said, was there was no need for farmers to come to Bangalore to avail themselves of medical facilities.

He said private hospitals had been identified in respective districts, and farmers could avail themselves of medical facilities in hospitals identified for the purpose.

He said members could avail themselves of medical and healthcare facilities, including expensive surgeries either free or at subsidised rates.

He said facilities such as free consultation and subsidised rates on ward fee and medical examinations had been extended to the beneficiaries of the scheme.

The task of enrolling members in the district, he said, had been given to the district credit cooperative bank and the Mysore-Chamarajanagar Milk Cooperative Federation.