Daily Archive: May 3, 2018
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New Delhi, May 3 Insurance companies will have to mandatorily refund excess premium if the claim ratio turns out to be less than 85 per cent under the Centre’s ambitious ‘National Health Protection Mission’ (NHPM), says a proposal by the health ministry.
The programme will provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore poorest families of the country.
The proposal was discussed by the health ministry during consultations with representatives from leading general and stand alone health insurance companies, and private hospitals, yesterday.
Indu Bhushan, who took over as the chief executive officer of the ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) on May 1, while chairing the meeting, has sought the feedback of the insurance companies on the matter.
“We have proposed that the insurance companies will have to mandatorily refund the excess premium if the claim ratio turns out to be less than 85 per cent under this project. This will ensure that insurance agencies do not have windfall gain from the ambitious scheme which aims at supporting the poorest 40 per cent of the population for expenditure on health treatment,” Bhushan told PTI.
For example, if the premium paid by the government is Rs 100, and the average claim per family is only Rs 50, the insurance company will refund Rs35 to the government, he explained.
Touted as the world’s largest government-funded healthcare insurance programme, ‘AB-NHPM’ will provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefit more than 10 crore families belonging to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society.
The centrally-sponsored scheme will target deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, who constitute 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, respectively, as per the latest Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data, and will cover around 50 crore people.
The health ministry has prepared a detailed timeline to ensure completion of all steps to enable rolling out of the scheme anytime after July, while allocating around Rs 10,000 crore for the project.
In yesterday’s consultation, representatives praised the initiative and the substantial engagement of all stakeholders covering aspects like operational guidelines, model tender document, empanelment criterion, package details and rates, etc.
We need to design the scheme to ensure that the targeted beneficiaries get maximum benefits and we can expand access to quality health services in rural areas and Tier-2 and 3 cities. This can be done only when government, hospitals and insurance companies work together as partners,” Bhushan said.
A heavy dust storm swept across several parts of western and northern India on Wednesday, killing more than 100 people and injuring hundreds more in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and leaving a trail of destruction, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply in Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh as well.
At least 64 people were killed in four districts of western Uttar Pradesh with maximum deaths reported in Agra.
Thirty-five people were killed in Rajasthan with Bharatpur suffering the maximum damage. The district reported 17 deaths. Nine people died in neighbouring Dholpur in the high-speed dust storm that started around 7pm and wreaked havoc for two hours. Nine deaths were reported from Alwar.
Most deaths occurred in house collapse due to the storm, officials in Rajasthan said.
Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre (DMMC) said at least two people were killed in Kumaon and few more injured in other parts after rains and thunderstorm lashed the hill state on Wednesday night.
A squall and dust storm followed by heavy rain also lashed New Delhi on Wednesday evening and caused traffic snarls in some parts of the national capital.
Two deaths were reported from Madhya Pradesh, one from Bhind and another from Satna district.
Normal life was also hit in many places in Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday after a high-velocity dust storm. In Patiala, two people were killed after a thunderstorm. Light to moderate rains also lashed many places.
Thunderstorm, rains in Uttar Pradesh
At least 64 people were killed and dozens of others injured in thunderstorm and rains in four districts of western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night. At least 43 people were killed and 35 others injured in Agra. State government officials said three people were also killed in Bijnore, three in Kanpur, two in Saharanpur and one in Bareilly. Most people were killed in the rural areas of Agra district because of wall collapse, they added.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the district magistrates of the four districts to carry out relief and rescue operations immediately.
Destruction in Rajasthan
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths and said in a series of tweets that she has directed ministers and officials in the affected areas to begin relief work and restore utilities.
“An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation,” Raje tweeted.
“Shri Gulabchand Kataria ji shall be monitoring situation at Alwar, Shri Arun Chaturvedi ji in Dholpur; Shri Kalicharan Saraf in Bharatpur & Shri Surendrapal Singh ji in Jhunjhunu. The Govt. stands firmly with its people in this time,” she added.
The storm left a trail of destruction and uprooted hundreds of trees and electricity poles.
Bharatpur divisional commissioner Subir Kumar said a compensation of Rs 50,000 will be given to families of the those killed in the dust storm from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The storm also caused major destruction in Alwar where more than 100 trees were uprooted, many of which fell on stationary vehicles and snapped electricity cables. The power distribution company switched off electricity to prevent further damage.
Alwar’s collector Rajan Vishal confirmed three deaths in the district and said Rakesh Sharma and Mukesh Mahajan were killed in Alwar city and Bhagwani in Bansur.
“Twenty injured have been admitted to the trauma ward in the government hospital in Alwar,” he said.
The collector said a survey of the damaged property has also been ordered as thunderstorm is in the list of national calamities. Private schools in Alwar city are closed on Thursday.
Rains in Uttarakhand
In Uttarakhand, the sudden rains also halted the ongoing Char Dham pilgrimage. Officials, however, said debris from the roads were cleared particularly in Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts.
There were reports of a cloudburst in Narayan Bagar of Chamoli as the rainwater brought tons of debris. Police in Chamoli, however, denied the cloudburst.
“Some vehicles were trapped as the rains and debris blocked the Badrinath highway. The highway has been cleared now,” it said in an official communiqué.
The storm uprooted many trees and snapped electricity supply in state capital Dehradun.
Villages in the Jaunpur area near Mussoorie were also reeling in the dark. Reports suggest electricity and water supply has also been affected in Nainital, Haldwani and several other remote locations.
Weather department officials said the downpour and thunderstorm are expected to continue for another 48 hours especially in the hilly regions like Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts.
A fresh western disturbance is approaching and likely to affect the western Himalayan region from May 5, the Meteorological Centre, Uttarakhand warned.
Two dead in Madhya Pradesh
Two children died and at least a dozen were injured following the dust storm in northern Madhya Pradesh.
In Kalyanpur village of Bhind district, a four-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured after a house collapsed during the storm. Another death was reported in Uchera village of Satna district.
In another incident in Bhind town, two minors were injured when a tin shed fell on them.
The high velocity wind snapped the electricity supply and uprooted more than 50 trees in northern MP including Bhind, Morena, Gwalior, Dabra and Datia.
Rainfall in Delhi
Apart from traffic snarls, 15 flights, including two international, were diverted due to the bad weather, airport officials in Delhi said.
Women walk along Rajpath during a dust storm in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
A squall with a wind speed of 59 km per hour hit the city in the evening, the met department said. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for Delhi, recorded 13.4mm rainfall.
The weather office has forecast overcast skies along with the possibility of a drizzle on Thursday.
“The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively,” the weatherman said.
Punjab and Haryana hit
Many parts of Punjab including Mohali, Zirakpur, Ludhiana and Muktsar were hit by the dust storm. Two people were killed and three others injured after a thunderstorm in Patiala.
The storm, with wind speed exceeding 45 kmph, hit Chandigarh during the afternoon, forcing vehicles to move with their headlights on as visibility level reduced considerably.
Panchkula, Karnal, Mahendergarh and Ambala were among the other places in Haryana that were hit by the dust storm.
There were reports of trees being uprooted on several roads in the region while power supply was also hit for a brief period due to the storm.
The met department said the maximum temperatures dropped at many places in the region after dust storm and rain.
(With PTI inputs)