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Speaker orders investigation into fraud by insurance companies

HT Correspondent  RANCHI, March 04, 2014
First Published: 16:39 IST(4/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:43 IST(4/3/2014)

Inaction of the political executive to look into irregularities by insurance firms in exacting exaggerated claims from government against actual reimbursement of hospital bills of labourers and rickshaw pullers under Rashtriya Swashthya Bima Yonja (RSBY) prompted the Speaker to order enquiry by a special house committee into the scam.

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Speaker ruled this on Monday when rural development minister KN Tripathy during his reply on the rural development department budget alleged that the insurance firms due to slackness of the government have usurped `107 crore against total reimbursement of `182 crore by the state government in premium over 2009-13 period.

Tripathy said 18 lakh unorganised labourers and rickshaw pullers were insured through the premium of the government. The companies, however, reimbursed only `75 crore to the designated hospital against the treatment and have usurped the rest of the money through fake and inflated claims. He accused this happened due to gross laxity and lack of monitoring of the previous State government.

Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Prasad Singh and other members demanded an enquiry into the scam.
Going by the sense of the house, Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta ruled that a special house committee should probe the irregularity.

The Speaker’s ruling also came on the issue of protocol list of the State. The Speaker asked the government to notify the protocol arrangements in the State in the ongoing session by 5th March 2014.

The government also clarified stance on several policy issues which members raised during chief minister’s question hour. As per rules of the Jharkhand assembly, chief minister replies on members’ queries on policy issues during half an hour time slot during Mondays of the session days.

On the question of JVM-P legislator Samresh Singh over setting up technical university in the state, CM Hemant Soren said the legislation on paving way for the university would be tabled in the current session. CM also clarified that distribution of bicycles to BPL SC, ST, OBC and minority girls is done through welfare department.

State HRD distributes bicycle among APL and general girls. But an uniform policy on distribution of bicycles among all the school going girls would be taken on availability of funds with the HR department.

The CM also said that regularisation of Project Vidyalaya teachers started in 1984 during Bihar days and who are going without salaries since then is under consideration in light of the Supreme Court judgment.

Hemant Soren, however, refused to introduce Bihar like legislation on acquisition of properties of officials with proven corruption charges and setting up special vigilance units and special courts for the purpose.

He said anti-corruption vigilance wing was doing its bit in nabbing the erring officers and there were also special vigilance courts for their speedy trial.

CM also ruled out second state language status to Maghi, Bhojpuri, Maithili and Angika saying the issue was more political than policy matter and decisions are taken on the basis of facts and figures of speakers.

Meanwhile, the Assembly passed budgets of the rural development department, industry department, labour employment and training, registration, water resources department, building construction department, mines and geology department, Panchayati Raj department, social welfare, excise, urban development department, drinking water and sanitation department and Transport with voice vote.


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