‘’State govt re-introduces Rajiv Gandhi health scheme, names it after Phule’’

After making some changes to the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Yojana (RGJY) and including a fresh set of surgeries that can be done under cashless insurance, the state government has decided to change the scheme’s name to Mahatma Phule Janaarogya Yojana. RGJY will come to an end in November.

Under the new scheme, the insurance amount will be increased from the existing Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. Ailments like cancer, kidney transplant, swine flu and paediatric care are included in the new scheme.The RGJY included 971 procedures, while the new scheme will have 1,034 procedures. Of the 1034 procedures, 31 will be specialized surgeries like paediatric and geriatric ones. Dental procedures have also been listed in the new scheme.

“Instead of continuing with the same scheme, we have decided to revamp it and since the two are quite different, we are launching it like a new scheme, and hence, the change of name,“ said health minister Deepak Sawant.

He added that they will float tenders so that insurance companies can bid for the project, and like earlier, there will be no cap on the number of hospitals that can be empanelled under this scheme. There were 470 hospitals under RGJY scheme.Now, any hospital with more than 50 beds can be a partner in the scheme, said Sawant. The state cabinet gave its nod to the scheme’s new avatar on Tuesday .

State Congress president Ashok Chavan condemned the name change decision. “We have full respect for social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. Instead of renaming the Rajeev Gandhi scheme after him, the CM should have launched an independent scheme in the name of Phule. We condemn the decision. We will lodge a state-wide protest against the ill-advised decision,“ he said.

“Strongly oppose the state government’s move to change the name of Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana. Proves the state government’s mental bankruptcy to a start new scheme,“ said Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt. Below Poverty Line citizens with orange ration card are beneficiaries of this scheme.

Now, a Thackeray accident insurance plan

The state government on Tuesday launched another scheme in the name of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. The scheme, Bal Thackeray Upgath Vima Yojana, provides for treatment of accident victims in trauma care hospitals for three days. The government will cover the cost of treatment up to Rs 30,000. Such a scheme is currently operational in Tamil Nadu. TNN

Source:- The Times of India (Mumbai)

Date   :- 8th June, 2016



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