SRINAGAR CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the group medi-claim health insurance scheme rolled out by Jammu and Kashmir Government last month for employees, pensioners and accredited journalists has been done to benefit a particular corporate company.
What criterion was followed to select the particular company is not known to anybody, which has raised serious doubts over the scheme, for which the employees have to shell out Rs 8777 as annual premium, Tarigami said in a statement.
He said that before rolling out the policy, the Government should have taken all stakeholders into confidence and made the selection process of the insurance company public.
It is totally unjustified and a big burden on employees as the Government has given the contract worth billions to a corporate company without following the set norms. An open bid to select the insurance company on lowest premium must be selected, he added.
Also an equal premium of Rs 8777 for poor class IV employees and IAS Officer in the scheme is also unjustified and unacceptable. Government should have taken into consideration the amount of salary received by different categories of the employees while fixing the amount of premium, he said.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.