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New health insurance scheme today

STATE GOVERNMENT will launch the `Vijaya Raje Janani Kalyan Bima Yojana? from May 16 as part of efforts to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will formally launch the novel scheme at Jaiprakash Hospital here.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 14:43 IST

STATE GOVERNMENT will launch the `Vijaya Raje Janani Kalyan Bima Yojana’ from May 16 as part of efforts to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will formally launch the novel scheme at Jaiprakash Hospital here.

State Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi said today the scheme was meant for expectant mothers of families living below poverty line.

Under the scheme these women will be provided a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 for antenatal tests, institutional delivery and hospitalisation in a Government health institution after the delivery. However, assistance will be provided for up to three deliveries only.

In case of death of the woman during delivery or within 42 days after the delivery due to delivery-related complication, her family would be paid a compensation of Rs 50,000 by the United India Insurance Company.

Vishnoi said the scheme would go a long way in increasing the number of institutional deliveries and lowering the maternal and infant mortality rates in the State. This is the first scheme of its kind in Madhya Pradesh.

The Minister said incidence of untimely deaths of women of poor families due to lack of proper facilities during deliveries is higher in rural areas. The maternal death rate is 498 per lakh in the State. One of the major reasons for this is that expectant mothers fail to undergo necessary antenatal medical tests and deliveries take place in unsafe atmosphere. It leads to various complications resulting in deaths of women.

The scheme has been chalked out with the cooperation of insurance companies to ensure three compulsory antenatal medical tests and institutional deliveries. Women will be free to choose health institution for deliveries.

Health Minister said Public Health and Family Welfare Department will pay an annual premium of Rs 11,000 per family under the scheme.

The procedure has been laid down for disposal of the claims under the scheme. United India Insurance Company Chairman-cum-Managing Director M K Garg, Health PS M M Upadhyay and other officials will also be present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister will inspect the JP Hospital and distribute cheques to some beneficiaries after inaugurating the scheme.


First Published: May 16, 2006 14:43 IST