Govt to pay 50% premium for auto & taxi drivers under RSBY

Written by Press Trust of India | Updated: Feb 28 2014, 05:33am hrs
The government on Thursday extended health insurance support to auto and taxi drivers by committing to pay half of the premium amount under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna, which provides smart-card-based cashless health insurance cover.

Oscar Fernandes, minister for road transport and highways, said the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) scheme will address the health concerns of auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, who form an important and vulnerable segment of the unorganised workers in urban areas.

Under the scheme, auto and taxi drivers have to contribute 50% of premium for the RSBY, as applicable in that district, in addition to R30 as registration fee, an official statement from the road ministry said. The balance 50% would be shared by the Central and state governments