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Insurance cover for another 10,000 craftsmen families
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Mar '10
Health insurance cover under the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (RGSSBY) is to be extended to another 10,000 families of craftsmen in Orissa.

Assistant Director of Development Commission (Handicrafts) of the Government of India, Biswa Mohan Mishra, revealed that, at present, already 30,000 craftsmen's families are covered within the gamut of the Scheme, and attempts are being made to encompass other 10,000 families, this year.

As of now, in Orissa, there are about 150,000 craftsmen families who are engaged in over 50 handicraft trades.

Welfare benefits like highly funded insurance scheme, educational assistance for children, accident insurance worth Rs 100,000 and medical assistance for four family members, are being bestowed upon the artisans under RGSSBYA.

The health insurance scheme has been implemented by the government in connivance with ICICI Lombard General Insurance.

The beneficiaries of the scheme are required to pay a premium of Rs. 75 if they belong to SC, ST or OBC (Other Backward Class), else they are required to contribute Rs. 150. The government also contributes to the scheme, by paying Rs. 725 for SC, ST and OBCs, and Rs. 650 for the general class beneficiaries.

Mishra stated that, they are endeavouring to bring as many artisans within the cover of the highly subsidized scheme, as possible.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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