Tripura: Employees will get health insurance card only after surrendering medical allowance

Subarna Debbarma (BPT, DNHE)
Agartala: The State Cabinet recently approved the launch of the Chief Minister John Arogya Yojana on February 6, 2024. Tourism Minister Sushant Chowdhury announced this decision of the Cabinet in a press conference organized at the Press Conference Hall of the Secretariat. Tourism Minister Shri Chowdhury while giving details about the launch of Chief Minister John Arogya Yojana said, through this scheme, patients will be provided cashless, paperless health insurance benefits.

Minister Sushant Chowdhury

Each family included in this scheme will get health insurance benefits up to 5 lakh rupees per year. In a press conference, the tourism minister said that 450,000 families of the state are currently under the Ayushman Bharat-Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana. Remaining 4 lakh 15 thousand families could not be covered under PM Jan Arogya Yojana.

This is 4 lakh 15 thousand, the state government has decided to launch Chief Minister's Jan Arogya Yojana similar to Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to ensure health insurance services to families. The scheme was announced in the budget for the financial year 2023-24. A resource of 59 crore rupees has also been kept in the budget for this. The smart card issued to the beneficiaries under this scheme will not require renewal. 5 lakh will be automatically renewed for the beneficiary families from 1st April every year. The tourism minister said that 10,000 construction workers in the state who are under various insurances under the Labor Department will not come under the Chief Minister's Jan Arogya Yojana. Cabinet members/members including Chief Minister, all levels of government employees including MLAs can also be covered under this scheme.

But government employees in case Group-A and B employees who are getting medical reimbursement have to surrender and Group-C and Group-D employees who are getting medical allowance of Rs.6000 per annum have to surrender. The state government will spend 104 crore rupees annually to implement this project. In a press conference, the tourism minister informed about other decisions of the cabinet and said that the cabinet has approved the recruitment of 226 persons for the vacancies of Junior Physical Instructors in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports. Silchar's 'Cachar Cancer Hospital Research Institute' has sought land from the state government to set up a cancer hospital at Huruakandi Mauza under Dharmanagar sub-division of North Tripura district. Tourism Minister Sushant Chowdhury also said in a press conference that the state cabinet has taken a principled decision to provide land to the organization.

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