New Delhi: After providing health insurance to families living below the poverty line and labourers working under MNREGS, the government is now planning to cover auto rickshaw and taxi drivers under National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) or Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).

According to sources, the government has already prepared a draft and is waiting for approval from the Central Cabinet.

Under the scheme, 50 percent of insurance premium will be paid by taxi and auto drivers while the premium paid by Central and state governments will be in the ratio of 25:25.
The taxi and auto driver (including family) will get the health cover of up to Rs 30,000 which will cover maximum diseases.

It is to be noted that the under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for labourers of unorganized sector falling under BPL, the policy holders have to pay Rs 30 for registration and smart card, whereas the entire cost of their insurance premiums is paid by the Central and state governments in the ratio of 75:25.

In the last three years, almost 2.40 crore policy holders have been registered under the scheme out of which 22 lakh policy holders have already availed the benefits of the scheme.

The state government will identify the taxi and auto drivers by gathering/collecting data from regional transport office (RTO).

Around 36 lakh taxi and auto drivers are registered in the country. With the total investment of Rs 90 crore, the government as per the plan will cover half of them in the next fiscal 2012-13 and the remaining will be covered in the year 2013-14.

(JPN/Bureau)