Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to implement the proposed health insurance scheme for service and family pensioners immediately, finance minister Thomas Isaac informed the Assembly on Monday.
Though the proposal was made in the last State budget, the scheme got delayed after the government considered linking it with the recently introduced Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme. The government had plans to bring 5 lakh more beneficiaries under the scheme which would result in lower premium rates. However, the plan was dropped as it was unviable, the minister said in response to a submission by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.
The government has invited an Expression of Interest (EOI) from insurance companies to execute the project, he added.
A decision has also been taken to disburse salaries of coir workers through societies once every week, said Isaac. “As many as 1,000 automatic spinning machines will be procured next year, he said in response to a calling attention motion by R Ramachandran MLA seeking a revival package for the coir sector.
Meanwhile, labour minister T P Ramakrishnan, responding to a submission by Eldhos Kunnappally MLA, has said that the registration process for the free health care-cum-insurance scheme for migrant workers was well under way. Under the scheme christened AAWAZ, migrant workers would be eligible for free medical treatment worth up to Rs 15,000 and insurance coverage of Rs 2,00,000 for accident death.
Replying to a submission by Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan MLA, minister for education C Ravindranath informed the assembly that higher secondary school principals would not be exempted from teaching duties.
“There are 1,450 HSS principals in the state. If they are spared from academic responsibilities, the government will have to recruit the same number of teachers, which would create a financial burden on the State exchequer,” he said and added that the government was considering creation of more clerical posts to ease the stress on principals.