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Govt to take a call on health cover for NREGs workers today

india Updated: Apr 28, 2011 00:55 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Continuing with its social sector agenda, the Union Cabinet is expected to consider a proposal to provide health insurance to all workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The Cabinet will on Thursday consider a proposal to extent the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to MGNREGS.

The scheme, as of now, is applicable only below the poverty line families. Under the scheme implemented in Public Private Partnership mode, 2.33 crore BPL families have already been enrolled.

Now, the government wants to extend the scheme to about 10 crore MGNREGS workers, who will have to pay a premium of R30 for getting health insurance cover of R30,000 per annum. The insurance is for existing and new diseases and also covers surgical costs.

The RSBY is different from other health insurance schemes as it covers the cause of pregnancy and provides for automatic cover to newborns till the policy is valid.

It provides cost of transportation to and fro from the empanelled hospitals, which includes private hospitals in each district.

The government officials say the final aim of the scheme is to provide a health insurance to all Indians for basic health facilities under the scheme.

The Cabinet will also consider proposed amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, to check poaching.

Hindustan Times had reported in detail the proposed amendments which include manifold hike in penalty for killing endangered species of animals.

Another Environment ministry proposal of allowing World Bank to fund cleaning of River Ganga under the National Ganga River Basin Authority is also coming up for the Cabinet consideration.