Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY ) will be implemented with effect from 1st April 2015

Labour and Employment Ministry Transfers RSBY Scheme

The
Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY ) of the Labour and Employment Ministry
will now be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In
pursuance of a recent policy decision of the Government, the Labour and
Employment Ministry is handing over the RSBY scheme to the Ministry of Health
and Family Welfare with effect from tomorrow ( 1st April 2015).The decision will
come in to force on as is, where is basis.

The
RSBY, the health insurance scheme for BPL(below poverty line) families was
launched for the workers in the unorganized sector in the FY 2007-08 and it
became fully operational from 1st April 2008. It provides for IT-enabled and
smart –card-based cashless healthy insurance, including maternity benefit cover
up to Rs. 30,000/- per annum on a family floater basis to BPL families (a unit
of five) and 11 occupational groups in the unorganized sector. The
‘’Unorganized workers social Security Act, 2008” came into operation w.e.f 31st
December 2008 and it encompassed ten social security schemes benefitting the
unorganized workers including the RSBY.

The
scheme has benefitted 3,85,15,411 families up to 31st March 2014. As many as
10311 hospitals are rendering services to the insured persons which include
6093 private hospitals and 4218 Government hospitals. Insurance Companies both
of public and private sector (Govt-4, Private-12) are participating in this
flagship scheme. Central share to the tune of Rs. 3738.05 crores was released
by GOI during the last six years and the release during current FY is Rs 548.20
up to 23rd March 2015.

Out
of 29 States and 7 Union Territories, the scheme was never operational in 3
States and 4 UTs and was operational for some time and then stopped in 5 States
and one UT. In 21 States and one UT, the scheme is under continuous
implementation starting from FY 2008-09. Altogether, 548 districts [out of the
country total of 676 districts] have been covered under RSBY so far and 128
districts have never implemented RSBY.

In
India, out of the estimated workforce of 47 crores, only eight crore are organized
workers and thirty nine crore are workers in the unorganized sector.

 

AT
(Release ID :117875)

Source: PIB

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