Rs 16.67 crore spent under MGBBY
The government of India spent Rs 16.67 crore in 2015-16 under the Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY), which provides insurance cover to registered handloom weavers in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed.
The MGBBY, which is a major component Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS), provides handloom weavers an insurance cover in case of natural death (Rs. 60,000/-), accidental death (Rs. 1,50,000/-), total disability (Rs. 1,50,000/-) and partial disability (Rs. 75,000/-).
In addition to above, a scholarship of Rs. 300/- per quarter per child is available to students studying in standards IX to XII, for a maximum period of four years or till they complete XII standard, whichever is earlier.
However, the benefit is restricted to two children of the member covered, the Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
The Health Insurance scheme is the second component of (HWCWS). It provides a health cover of Rs 30,000 annually towards treatment as indoor patient. Handloom weavers have been brought under its ambit from March 29 this year, the Minister said.
The government had approved its implementation in the 12th plan on the pattern of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) of Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE).
RSBY was transferred to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) w.e.f. 1st April 2015. It issued detailed instructions on 29th March, 2016, for coverage of handloom weavers in RSBY for 2016-17, in the existing pattern of RSBY, i.e. Indoor Patient (I.P.) benefits of Rs. 30,000. (SH)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India