IMPHAL | Dec 8 : Chief minister, N. Biren distributed monetary aid worth Rs. 1,10,58,858 to 91 selected beneficiaries under Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF) at a simple ceremony held at Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The beneficiaries were selected from among the applications received between December 15, 2014 and February 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the government will provide medical re-imbursement up to Rs. 1.5 lakh to BPL families for medical treatment under MSIAF. He also said that the new government is giving prime focus to giving proper healthcare to the masses.
Biren said that large number of people have been visiting him on ‘Meeyamgi Numit’ and Hill ‘Leaders’ Day’ seeking help in meeting their medical expenses despite the existence of the scheme. In fact, the two days have been an eye opener for the new government as it provided vital information regarding people’s woes, he added.
The government has also designed a new scheme known as ‘Hakshelgi Tengbang’ for medical and health care of poor families. The scheme would provide cashless medical treatment to poor families, he added.
For critical diseases like cancer, neuro, kidney, heart, burns, liver and neo-natal, the scheme would provide a cashless medical cover up to Rs 2 lakh per family, said N. Biren.
Informing that the open tender or e-tender for the new scheme had already been floated and implementing agencies have been shortlisted, the CM mentioned that the scheme is likely to be launched in January next year.
Biren continued that actions will be taken against any official who delay more than 24 hours in handing over monetary aid to the beneficiaries who had already been selected under the new scheme ‘Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang’, which was launched recently on December 3.
Source: Imphal Free Press