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Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana launched in Maharashtra

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The Yojana will be run in a PPP mode

The Maharashtra government launched the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana, enabling families with annual income of less than Rs. 1 lakh to avail free medical facilities worth Rs. 1.5 lakh. Health Minister Suresh Shetty announced that this scheme, when fully implemented, would benefit close to 2.5 crore families.
However, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, while praising the scheme, lamented the rising rate of population in the State. Pawar asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to consider making the scheme available for people with not more than two children.

Speaking at a public function here, Pawar said: “After a specific time frame of say, about a year, we should make it a rule that people with more than two children will not be eligible for the health card. This will help us in ensuring population control.” Maharashtra, under its State population policy of 2000, has accepted the two children “small family norm” as a criterion for the implementation of its policies. Free education for all children can only be availed for the first and the second child; candidates with more than two children are not eligible for the civic elections and under the Maharashtra Water Act, farmers with more than two children have to pay one and a half times water tariff to get the water entitlements.

Chavan, however, chose not to respond to Pawar’s demand in his address. “Ninety per cent of the people will benefit from the scheme,” he stated.
The Yojana, which will be run in a public private partnership (PPP) mode with the National Insurance Company, will be first implemented in eight “most needy” districts in Phase-1, benefiting 50 lakh families. The beneficiaries will each get a health insurance policy, the EMIs of which will be paid by the State government.

The tribal district of Gadchiroli is one of the eight districts chosen, along with Amravati, Mumbai, suburban Mumbai, Solapur, Raigad, Nanded and Dhule. According to Shetty, Maharashtra will be the only State to ensure cashless health service for the poor. The implementation of the scheme will cost the State Rs. 800 crore, he stated.

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  1. Shaikh Abdulrab

    February 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This yojana is very best for poor families I hope Maharashtra govt will implement this scheme honestly but what about old persons those are living alone their kids grown up and living separate they need also medical help.
    Are they entitled to get these facilities?

  2. sakha nilawar

    February 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The suggestion given by are most needfull looking towards fast growing population which becomes the serious problem So the sweet family 2+2 should be beneficiery only The policy of birth controlwill be well encouraged

  3. Halim shaikh

    April 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    very good decision of government & politicion this yojana is very good for poor family thank to all of you start this medical treatment yojana

  4. Mahesh kharat

    April 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Very good decision of government lunch this yojana in maharashtra all semi class and under below powerty people take benefit this medical yojana
    we r thanks for government


    August 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Dear Sir
    my name surjeet my dad is admitted in KEM hospital i want oxygen machine i had spoken to hospital people but they told this RAJIV GANDHI YOGANA is in bombay only not in thane dist please help me out

  6. Jitender

    August 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    It's a very good initiative by government. Also a very good decision by Mr.Chavan. We appreciate these kinds of more yojnas. As this will help many people in many ways.

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