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GHI for Handloom Weavers & Handicraft artisans
11
Mar '08
During the 11th plan Government of India is providing General Health Insurance (GHI) for Handloom Weavers and Handicraft artisans through the following schemes:

(I) Health Insurance scheme as a component of Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme; and

(II) Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Yojana for Handicraft artisans

This information was information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan, in the Lok Sabha, in a written reply to a question by Shri Asaduddin Owaisi.

The Minister further stated that under the present Health Insurance Scheme for Handloom Weavers, the following critical illnesses such as Cancer, paralysis, Myocardial Infarction, Bypass surgery, Kidney failure, stroke, TB are not covered.

The matter regarding covering critical illnesses under the Health Insurance Scheme was taken up during the discussions held for implementing the Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme.

However, since inclusion of critical illnesses would enhance the premium under the Health Insurance Scheme, it was felt that the above illnesses can be covered under a new scheme to be launched by the Life Insurance Corporation at a lower premium.

This matter was discussed with the LIC for reducing the premium. A new product at a lower premium covering the above critical illnesses is under consideration by the LIC, the Minister added.

Press Information Bureau Government of India

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