Haryana to implement social security scheme

Written by Parshant Krar | Chandigarh, December 30 | Updated: Dec 31 2007, 06:17am hrs
Having already created tremors by jacking up the minimum wages to record high in the previous year, Haryana is now all set to jump on the bandwagon of states pioneering to implement social security scheme Rasthriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for workforce in unorganized sector. In the first phase Gurgaon, Faridabad, Yamunanagar and Panipat are likely to be covered under the centrally sponsored scheme by early next year along with states of New Delhi, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Sources in the government said the scheme would not just provide social security to large number of workforce employed in unorganized sector but definitely would ensure availability of workforce to sustain industrialization in years to come. The scheme would make Haryana a preferred place to work and motivate more and more state domiciles to get employed within the state, sources in the government said.

According to government sources, at present, implementation of scheme have been extended in order to incorporate few changes intended by centre and could would be enforced by next fiscal. The Bill seeks to provide for health insurance, life and accident insurance, maternity benefits and old age pension and any other benefits that may be decided by the Centre. The much-awaited scheme was mooted under the Unorganized Sector Workers Social Security Bill, 2007 introduced in Parliament in September this year. The Bill seeks to provide for health insurance, life and accident insurance, maternity benefits and old age pension and any other benefits that may be decided by Centre.

Under the scheme, Below Poverty Line (BPL) families are to be covered in the next five years and Central Government would contribute 75% of the premium amount. The scheme envisages issuance of a smart card to the beneficiary. This card will facilitate cashless transaction up to Rs 30,000 so that the worker does not have to pay anything for seeking medical treatment. Under the current scheme total sum insured would be Rs 30,000 per family per annum .The salient features of the scheme include cashless attendance to all covered ailments, hospitalization expenses, taking care of most common illnesses, all pre-existing diseases and reimbursement of the transportation costs within an overall limit of Rs.1000.

As per the plans of Union government the scheme would be implemented in phased manner and will cover 1.2 crore BPL workers in the first year and the rest by 2012-13.