Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday launched an ambitious social security scheme, the Samajwadi Kisan Bima Yojana.
The scheme will replace the earlier Krishak Bima Yojna, which covered only land-holding farmers who had their names in revenue records.
Under the new scheme, apart from those covered under the earlier scheme, all landless farmers and other such families having an annual income of less than R75,000 will also be covered.Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be the brand ambassador for the scheme.
Talking to mediapersons in the presence of the CM, newly appointed chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar said in the event of a farmer’s death, his family would get up to R5 lakh and if anybody in the family falls sick, they can get cashless treatment of up to R2.5 lakh.
Stating that the state government will pay the premium for the scheme, Bhatnagar said this is going to be the biggest social security scheme in the country.
“This scheme will bring under its ambit three crore families. Effectively, we will cover almost 15 crore people out of the 20 crore population of the state,” said Bhatnagar, adding that this would mean additional expenditure of R897 crore for the state exchequer.
“In the event of death or permanent disability, the beneficiary will get up to R5 lakh and up to R2.50 lakh for cashless medical treatment after an accident and R1 lakh for going for an artificial limb,” Bhatnagar said, adding that the state government has already signed MoUs for this with four national insurance companies.