The state government has decided to extend the benefits of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) the cashless health insurance scheme for the poor to include weavers,handicraft workers and urban slum dwellers,and allocate Rs 70 crore as additional budget.
An NCP corporator,in a proposal,has asked the civic body to stop providing private rooms at hospitals to corporators citing their ever-increasing medical bills while the poor are given only financial assistance up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh when they are hospitalised.
Rolling out the first phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana in the state,Chief Secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia on Monday said the poor also can now have access to certain leading speciality hospitals under the scheme.
Amidst repeated protests,the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary at Lulla Nagar has finally been shut down. However,those opposing the move have alleged that no prior notice was given for the closure.