With an eye on the coming Lok Sabha elections, the state cabinet today approved a slew of sops for government employees that include cashless health insurance and easy terms on house loans.
State IT minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters after the meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, that Rs 100 crore will be allotted for disbursal of house building loans to 2.92 lakh government employees.
“The scheme for housing loans will be simplified,” Chatterjee said. The minister informed that land for the housing project will be provided free of cost, and that 50,000 flats would come up for the purpose under a PPP model. Of these 30,000 units will be built by the PWD and the remaining by the State Housing Board. The government had earlier announced a housing project for the police force.
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Under the cashless mediclaim system, the employees “will no longer have to bear the cost of treatment and then wait for reimbursement,” explained Partha Chatterjee. “They will now get cashless benefit up to Rs 1 lakh at all government hospitals.”
The projects were announced earlier by the CM at a programme on February 22.
Mamata had explained to the employees that financial crunch had made it difficult for her to match the dearness allowance given by the Centre. “If we give DA according to the central rate, we will require an additional Rs 12,000 crore a year. From where will we get the amount?” Mamata had said.
Among other things, the state cabinet has also extended the West Bengal Health Scheme for the government employees, which had expired on March 31 last year, by two years.
Soon, 120 Ayush dispensaries
Kolkata: The state government Monday decided to set up 120 ‘Ayush’ dispensaries in state-run hospitals for those opting for the alternative healthcare facilities. Health Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said, of the 120 dispensaries, 70 have been earmarked for Homoeopathy treatment and 40 for Ayurvedic, while the remaining 10 for Unani.
“The cabinet approved appointment under 360 new posts for the purpose, which will cover doctors, pharmacists and Group-D staff,” Bhattacharya explained.