PMC refuses to increase health cover for elderly, says no funds
- Sahara case: Hearing deferred in SC, Subrata Roy to remain in jail
- Purnia rally: Modi takes a dig at Nitish, says his PM dream was reason for break up of alliance
- Still no sign of Malaysia Airlines jet lost in "unprecedented mystery"
- DMK denies ticket to Alagiri; Raja, Maran get renomination
- Coal scam: SC directs CBI to file five charge sheets by Mar 28
The proposal moved by corporators to increase health insurance cover of elderly people belonging to economically weaker section has been shot down by the Mahesh Pathak-led PMC administration, citing shortage of funds.
The proposal was tabled by Deputy Mayor Deepak Mankar before the Women and Child Welfare Committee. "It is impossible for poor old people to pay the increased hospital bills. Thus, the PMC should provide health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh to poor people who are above 80 years," he said.
The committee referred the proposal to the administration for its opinion. The administration last week gave its decision against such a facility. The PMC provides financial assistance of maximum up to Rs 1 lakh to urban poor earning less than Rs 1 lakh per annum. However, the benefit of financial assistance is restricted to 50 per cent of the hospital bill and maximum up to Rs 1 lakh.
Mankar said in many cases, the financial assistance offered by the PMC is falling short for the elderly patients taking treatment in various city hospitals and they cannot raise the remaining amount. "Therefore, it would be better to increase the assistance from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh."
In its response, the civic administration said 5,570 people had registered under the scheme in 2011-12, of which 4,678 availed of the scheme. The PMC sanctioned funds of Rs 4 crore from the budgetary allocation of Rs 7 crore for the scheme.
In 2012-13, 4,500 people have got registered so far under the scheme and 3,500 of them have availed of the benefit. The PMC has sanctioned Rs 7.55 crore from the budgetary allocation of Rs 9 crore till date. There is a balance of Rs 1.45 crore but it seems that there is going to be a shortage of funds for providing benefit to all the claimants, said a PMC official.
- AAP workers stage protest outside Kejriwal’s residence over ticket distribution
- BJP boycotts NDTV over news gaffe | The Indian Express
- Out of the promised 50,000 homes for the poor, not even 50 constructed in Gujarat by BJP: Kejriwal
- BJP complains to EC against Rahul over RSS remarks, seeks derecognition of Congress