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Punjab govt. launches ‘Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana’ health insurance scheme

State government of Punjab launched a mega health insurance scheme title ‘Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana’ (MGSSBY) for poor by clubbing Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) plan with its own. The PMJAY was unveiled in September 2018 by the Centre and kept on hold so far by Punjab government.

The scheme was launched by Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to mark 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. With launch of this scheme, Punjab has become 1st state to offer medical insurance for such a large proportion of its population.

About Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana

It incorporates Ayushman Bharat or Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), Centre’s health insurance scheme for poor. By clubbing Centre’s Ayushman Bharat plan with its MGSSBY, it is expected to benefit 46 lakh families covering 76% of state’s population.

Going by last Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), Ayushman Bharat or PMJAY would have covered 14.86 lakh families in Punjab. Now the Punjab scheme has extended this to cover 31 lakh more families, taking total beneficiary to nearly 46 lakh families.

Salient Features

Insurance Coverage:  Like PMJAY, this Punjab government’s scheme will also provide cashless health insurance cover of Rs.5 lakh/year.

First Beneficiary: 11 people from Mohali district were handed over their e-cards, becoming the 1st beneficiaries of scheme.

Cost Ratio: Centre and state government will bear the cost of annual premium for 14.86 lakh families in ratio of 60:40 and for remaining beneficiaries the state government will bear entire expense. The Punjab government will shell out Rs.276 crore, or 83% of annual premium of Rs.333 crore and Centre will pay the remaining Rs.57 crore.

Implementation: There are 1,396 treatment packages under the scheme, which will be implemented through more than 450 empanelled hospitals, including 200 government hospitals.

Surgical packages under scheme also include pre-hospitalisation expenses for 3 days and for a 15-day post-hospitalisation period.

Significance: Scheme would be extend to over 76% of its population, in sharp contrast to 12% that would have been covered under Centre’s PMJAY. Similar schemes in other states cover only up to a mere 30% of their population.

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Punjab CM dedicates 3rd phase of ‘Jung-E-Azadi’ memorial to victims of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

On the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh dedicated 3rd phase of ‘Jung-E-Azadi’ memorial to people who were killed in Jallianwala Bagh massacre and unsung heroes who were incarcerated in Andaman Cellular jail during freedom struggle.

On the occasion, Punjab’s chief minister also digitally launched number of other projects for Jalandhar district, as part of Rs.450 crore worth of development and welfare projects inaugurated across state.

About ‘Jung-E-Azadi’ Memorial

It is a memorial and museum being built in Kartarpur, near Jalandhar city of Punjab. It is built in memory of sacrifices and contribution made by community of Punjabi’s in Indian independence movement.

On 19 October 2014, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal laid foundation stone of Jang-e-Azadi memorial, and actual work started on 26 March 2015 which still continues.

Significance: The memorial would go a long way in spreading awareness among younger generations about glorious past of India as well as sacrifices made by numerous people who fought to free Indians from British rule.

The 1st and 2nd phase of memorial had been constructed at a cost of Rs.290 crore and Rs.20 crore was dedicated by CM to 3rd phase of Jung-E-Azadi memorial.

Initiatives by Punjab Government:

Punjab government’s ‘Connect with Your Roots’ programme, helps youth visiting as part of programme to personally see rich cultural legacy of state at Jung-E-Azadi Memorial, Partition Museum, Amritsar and Virasat-E-Khalsa, Sri Anandpur Sahib and many more.

While underlining the need to connect youth with glorious legacy of national freedom struggle and to imbue youth with a spirit of nationalism and patriotism, Punjab CM also acknowledged that maximum schools students could be brought to Jung-E-Azadi memorial so that they could be properly educated and sensitised about nation’s journey to independence.

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