AN AMOUNT of Rs 1.5 crore has been paid towards settlement of claims in 301 cases since the implementation of Vivekanand Group Insurance Scheme in January last. The scheme is meant for about two crore people living below the poverty line in the State.
State Government sources said on Thursday that during the implementation of the scheme, Rs 3.45 crore was paid by the government as premium amount, as per the agreement with the insurance company LIC. The scheme would last till January 27, 2007, and claims can be presented against accident or disaster occurred during such period within 90 days.
Any person between the age 18 and 65 years and living below the poverty line is eligible for the scheme. No fee or premium is required to get enrolled under the scheme. Claims can be presented in case of death resulting due to an accident, disability or permanent injury to eyes.
A sum of Rs 50,000 is paid to the claimant in case of death, permanent disability, permanent damage to both eyes, permanent damage to two parts of the body or to one eye with damage to one part of the body. Whereas Rs 25,000 are paid in case of permanent damage to one eye or to a single part of the body and an assistance of Rs 1000 on the basis of medical certificate is paid to the affected person.
Forms related to the insurance scheme can be obtained from the offices of Janpad Panchayat or the concerning urban development authority. It is mandatory to attach a copy of FIR/ death certificate/ disability certificate. Cases could be forwarded through Janpad Panchayat or urban development authority to the Social Justice Department, which has been made as the nodal agency to settle the cases.