According to Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Oscar Fernandes, 50% of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) premium for auto rickshaws and taxi drivers will be paid by the government. This is because they form a major portion of the vulnerable section of unorganized workers. Under this scheme, these drivers will be able to avail cashless health insurance coverage based on the smart card concept.
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living in the urban areas, the RSBY scheme will take care of their health concerns.
An official from road safety informed that taxi and auto rickshaw drivers need Rs 30 as the registration fee and 50 percent of the premium for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojan depending on the rules applicable in the respective district. Whereas, the rest of the 50 per cent of premium will be taken care by the State as well as the Central Government (distributing a share of 25% each)
As per the official statement, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ nodal officer is nominated for the execution of the RSBY scheme. Also, in case of other states, the nodal officers of the following states have also been notified for the same- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnatak, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.
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