With double memory,RSBY chip is more than health card

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana — the health insurance scheme for poor — will see a thorough revamping in the state.

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Published: May 11, 2012 9:19:02 am

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) — the health insurance scheme for poor — will see a thorough revamping in the state. The smart card,which provided the cashless health cover up to Rs 30,000 to the BPL families,will now have an increased memory space of 64 kilobytes instead of the existing 32 kilobytes space.

The increased memory of the smart card can now also double up as cards for other social welfare schemes for the poor families.

Being a Central government-sponsored scheme,the Government of India has planned to introduce the new card through out the country. With the performance of the scheme in Uttar Pradesh being disappoint,the Centre had doubts of implementing in the state. “We were concerned about the manner in which the scheme was doing in Uttar Pradesh and were in dilemma whether to implement the scheme in Uttar Pradesh or not. However,with the Akhilesh Yadav government putting RSBYin its priority list and having taken steps to strengthen its implementation in the state,we decided to bring in the 64 KB card in Uttar Pradesh as well,” said Anil Swarup,Joint Secretary,Ministry of Labour Employment,Government of India and in charge of the RSBY.

The state government has posted Alok Kumar as the Chief Executive Officer of RSBY and the chief minister himself plans to take a review meeting of the scheme once in three months,said Swarup,who was in Lucknow on Thursday. Swarup had a discussion regarding the scheme with Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani as well as Principal Secretary,Health and Family Welfare Sanjay Agarwal.

The card will now enable simultaneous data flow to both the insurance company as well as the state government immediately after enrollment and each transaction,thus cutting down chances of forgery and fraud. For the new cards,all the beneficiaries as well as the empaneled hospitals will have to get new registrations under the scheme.

The new cards will begin rolling out across the country from June 1. However,the cards will be launched in the state gradually,one phase at a time,as and when the old cards expire. In the first phase,25 districts of Uttar Pradesh will be given these new cards.

The increased memory will also help the smart card to double up as life and disability insurance card for the BPLs. The card can be further used to write the details of various other social welfare schemes for the beneficiaries as well. “We are also planning to subsequently use the card as health card,which will contain health-related details of the beneficiary. However,this will take six to eight months before being implemented,” added Swarup.

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