On Wednesday, the West Bengal cabinet passed a plan to launch health insurance plan for state government-accredited journalists, including those who have retired.
The journalists can take advantage of the scheme — christened “Mabhoi” — till the age of 65, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the same at the cabinet meeting.
The plan would extend to all family members of the insured journalists who can take admission in state government hospitals, health centres and other hospitals accredited under the West Bengal Health Scheme.
The cabinet also approved a health insurance policy, namely Swasthya Sathi for civic police volunteers, green police volunteers, civil defense volunteers, disaster management workers, ASHA social health workers, self-help groups, national volunteers, home guards, ICDS workers and contractual and casual workers.
The total number of nominees for Swasthya Sathi will be around 80 lakh.
This group insurance policy, costing the government Rs.1,000 crore, will offer a coverage from Rs.1.5 lakh to Rs.5 lakh, without any limit on family size.
Both Mabhoi and Swasthya Sathi schemes would run from April 1.