Revised health insurance scheme for weavers gets Centre’s nod

The Centre has given its nod for the revised Health Insurance Scheme for Handloom Weavers with enhanced benefits under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Handlooms and Textiles Minister S. Gokula Indira told the Assembly here on Monday.

Replying to a debate on the demands for grants for her department, Ms. Indira said that the scheme would be implemented from the current fiscal.

Smart cards

Biometric smart cards would be issued to all enrolled beneficiaries who could avail themselves of cashless treatment in empanelled hospitals across the country. A total of 2,70,046 beneficiaries now under the erstwhile health insurance scheme would be brought under the new scheme for which the State government had apportioned Rs. 5.45 crore for the current year.

Similarly, the State government had planned to sanction Rs. 18.19 crore during 2014-15 for implementing the Old Age Pension and Family Pension Scheme for the weavers, the Minister said claiming the weavers were being taken good care of under the AIADMK regime.

A sum of Rs. 32 crore had been set apart for the current year towards payment of the government’s eight per cent contribution and also for the 9.5 per cent interest payment under the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Handloom Weavers’ Savings and Security Scheme.

Under the marketing incentive scheme component of the Comprehensive Handlooms Development Scheme, the government had set apart Rs. 89.80 crore for the current year, she said.

The scheme of free supply of uniforms to schoolchildren provided employment opportunity to 10,000 handloom weavers and 53,000 powerloom workers of cooperative societies. The scheme would get Rs. 320 crore during the current year, Ms. Indira said.

There were 1,161 handloom weavers’ cooperative societies in the State of which 819 were operating on profit. During 2013-14, all the handloom weavers’ cooperative societies produced 986.29 lakh metres of handloom cloth valued at Rs. 821.35 crore and sold handloom fabrics for Rs. 936.66 crore, the Minister said.

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