All BPL families to be covered under NHI scheme: Dhumal
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday informed the Assembly during question
hour that all left out BPL families in the state would be
covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme shortly.
Replying to a question of Mukesh Agnihotri, Kaul Singh
Thakur and Kuldeep Pathania (Congress) Dhumal said that till
then the eligble families could avail free medical facilities
in government institutions, as they had not been withdrawn.
New smart cards would be issued to the left out
families after the survey to identify BPL families was
completed, he said, adding that facilities available to
BPL families prior to the launch of the scheme had not been
The Congress members pointed out that in several
panchayats, smart cards of BPL families had not been made and
said that such families should be covered.
Replying to a question, Health minister Rajiv Bindal
said there was a proposal to cover NREGA labourers under the
health insurance scheme and a final decision by the centre in
this regard was awaited.
Bindal said there were 2.98 lakh identified BPL
families and 2.35 lakh (81 per cent) out of these had been
In reply to another query by Gangu Ram Musafir about
illegal mining in the border areas of Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur
and Nurpur area bordering Punjab, Industries minister Kishan
Kapoor said these areas were vulnerable to illegal mining
because of absence of clear demarcated boundaries and porous
nature of the border.
He refuted the allegation of Opposition members that
influential people were being allowed to go scot-free and
asserted that the department was very vigilant and nobody
involved in illegal mining, howsoever influential he might be,
would be spared.