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Monday, September 14, 2009

Govt's new health insurance scheme for BPL families

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Government has introduced a new health insurance scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders, which would allow their families to get treatment free of cost at all government hospitals, Union Labour Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge said today.

Under the scheme, five members of a BPL family could avail treatment at any government and ESI hospitals free of cost, up to a limit of Rs 30,000 annually, Kharge told reporters here.

The scheme would be available in unorganised sectors like beedi industry, construction among others.

The centre was giving 87.5 per cent grant to states while the states would have to bear the remaining 12.5 per cent to run ESI hospitals, he said.

Kharge also said a skill development programme aimed at training 50 crore youth by 2020 had also been introduced by the Centre.

Source: PTI

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