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.
The regional workshop,where the announcement was made Friday,was organised to share Uttar Pradeshs model of RSBY with representatives of five states,including Uttarakhand,Bihar,Jharkhand,Rajasthan and Delhi.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the most important aspect of RSBY,the successful implementation of which won UP several accolades,including the best improved state award,is to take it to the poor who are the beneficiaries of the scheme but are unable to reap the benefits of the health insurance due to lack of awareness.
Yadav also said the state has already given land free of cost to the centre for developing an AIIMS-like institute.
The state government is going to insure handloom weavers,handicraft artisans,rickshaw pullers,scavengers and urban slum dwellers for health benefits up to Rs 30,000 under the RSBY scheme.
Alok Kumar,Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RSBY in the state,said the decision to include these groups will be presented before the state cabinet for final approval very soon. The state government has kept aside Rs 70 crore to support the scheme for these additional groups,he said.
While some of these groups like the weavers and artisans are already covered by the Government of India,which means the insurance premium of such groups will be borne by the Centre and the state,other groups like urban slum dwellers are not covered by the Centre,in which case,the UP government has agreed to pay the entire premium of such beneficiaries from its own pocket,said Kumar.