IMPHAL, Dec 15 - Manipur Government is planning to introduce a new healthcare scheme �Hakshelgi Tengbang� (Manipur Health Protection Scheme) on January 1, 2018.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh told this to reporters on the sideline of �Meeyamgi Numit� (People�s Day), a routine meeting with general public on 15th of every month since May, at Chief Minister�s Secretariat on Friday.
Singh said that the scheme would provide a cashless benefit upto Rs 2 lakh per year to BPL/AAY families on floater basis. He stated that five Companies had participated in the bidding process and one Company has been selected for providing the health insurance scheme to the poor and needy people of the State.
The selected Company in collaboration with the Panchayats/local clubs would conduct a joint survey for identifying the needy people. He lamented that there were manipulations in issuing the BPL cards in the past so a fresh survey is needed to identify the real/needy beneficiaries. He said that if the government relies on the existing BPL/AAY card holders then many real/needy people would be left out.
The Chief Minister also said that a new scheme for persons with disability �CMgi Sotharabasingi Tengbang� was launched recently. However, many persons with disability came here today due to lack of proper publicity about the scheme, he added.
Hundreds of people turned up at the Meeyamgi Numit at CM�s Secretariat where Singh attended to about 620 complaints and personally met nearly 1,500 people.