Bhubaneswar: With less than a year left for the general elections in 2019, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s government in Odisha is leaving no stone unturned to woo all sections of the society, the latest in the series being today’s announcement of much-awaited health insurance cover for working journalists.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered for implementing ‘Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana’, a health insurance cover for working journalists and their family members with effect from June 1.
A working journalist and five members of his/her family will be eligible for a health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh under the scheme, said an official release issued by the CMO this evening.
Health insurance cards will be issued to concerned journalists by the District Information and Public Relations Officer, the release added.
The release said beneficiaries can avail benefits under the scheme by using their ‘Identification Number’ with effect from June 1.
In the first phase 3,233 journalists have been covered under the scheme, the release added.
In November 2016, the then Information and Public Relation Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha had announced that all the scribes covered under the Odisha State Working Journalists’ Health Insurance Scheme-2016 will have to shell out 25 per cent of the annual premium to avail the benefits. The rest of the premium will be borne by the state government.