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State govt checks pulse of national health scheme

Two independent agencies will evaluate the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow | Published: March 7, 2011 2:46:04 am

Two independent agencies will evaluate the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY),the insurance scheme for people living below the poverty line,in Uttar Pradesh.

While the evaluation of five districts will be done by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration,(LBSNAA) Mussoorie,ten other districts will be reviewed by Giri Institute of Development Studies,Lucknow.

“The reason for the evaluation is to identify the gaps of our system and bring mid-term changes if need be,” said Manoj Kumar Singh,Secretary,Rural Development. “We have been implementing the project for the last three years. We needed a third party evaluation to find out the weaknesses and receive suggestions for improvement.”

The institutes were formally asked to start the evaluation in the last week of February. The evaluation teams will be looking at four major points.

These are:

* The pre-enrollment process,which will include field checking of BPL data and whether the Information,Education and Communication (IEC) activity for RSBY was undertaken properly.

* Verification of the enrollment process,which will include whether the on spot delivery of card is done,whether the cards are activated the next day,the quality of the card and photograph and other data.

* Evaluation of the district kiosks set up by the company providing the insurance for data correction,which functions under the District Development Officer.

* Evaluation of empaneled hospitals — if proper treatment is available,health services are as per norms and whether the pre and post care is being given to the beneficiary.

“Besides,we have included various points like the issuance of fake cars and fake treatment to claim the money,” said a senior RSBY official of Uttar Pradesh.

The districts given to LBSNAA are Lucknow,Mahoba,Gorakhpur,Allahabad and Bijnor. The Giri Institute is given Pratapgarh,Kanpur Dehat,Varanasi,Unnao,Jaunpur,Chandauli,Kanpur Nagar,Gazipur,Sant Ravidas Nagar and Barabanki.

“We are also planning to give five other districts to Lucknow University students but that is yet to be finalised,” said an RSBY officer. “The evaluation will be on for at least eight months and the districts are chosen randomly so the survey brings out authentic trends regarding the gaps.”

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