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Collectors told to enlist farmers under BKKY on mission mode

The State Government on Thursday directed the Collectors to complete the enrolment of farmers under Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY), the ambitious health insurance scheme, on a mission mode.

Published: 02nd August 2013 11:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2013 11:44 AM   |  A+A-

The State Government on Thursday directed the Collectors to complete the enrolment of farmers under Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY), the ambitious health insurance scheme, on a mission mode.

Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra reviewed the progress of the health insurance scheme for the farmers through video conferencing with the Collectors.

The programme rolled out on the occasion of Akshya Tritiya, which marks the beginning of agricultural activities, aimed at providing health insurance coverage to people engaged in farming activities. Under the scheme, five members of a family will enjoy medical benefits of ` one lakh. Around 50 lakh farmer families will benefit from the scheme.

“This is an inclusive programme for universal health coverage of the farmer families,” Mohapatra said and asked the Collectors to see that the scheme is implemented with liberal inclusive approach.

As per the scheme, all families living on agriculture and allied activities except the income tax payers or assesses are eligible for health insurance. Landless agricultural labourers are also eligible. Krushak Sathi of Agriculture Department will identify the farmers and the village agriculture worker (VLW) and agricultural overseer who will work as field key officer (FKO) will approve the list. Beneficiaries from allied activities like dairy farming, sericulture, fisheries will be identified by field level officials concerned. Smart cards will be provided to all the enrolled families.

The members of the farmer families enrolled under the scheme will be provided cashless treatment in the empanelled hospitals. The hospitals will provide the cost of treatment and surgery which will be reimbursed to them.

District level grievance redressal committees will be constituted in each district with district magistrate or ADM as chairman, District Key Manager as Convener, Chief District Medical Officer and representative of the concerned insurance company as the members.

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