The Narsana village in Rajasthan's Jalore district became the first village in the state to acquire 100 per cent insurance cover the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's flagship Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana. Narsana has become the first gram panchayat to register all families for ₹10 lakhs cashless health insurance coverage.
The Yojana was started in May 2021 with a cover amount worth ₹5 lakhs but was later increased to ₹10 lakhs. The state has already spent over ₹1400 crores, and more than 12 lakh people have benefitted under the scheme.
Local Donor Paid Rs 1.53 Lakh Premium
Jalore district administration presented a unique model to expand its coverage. Nishant Jain, the District Magistrate of Jalore District, said, "There were 428 families, which were not covered automatically under the Yojna as they were not under categories covered free of cost. On being effectively convinced by the sarpanch, block development officer and others, 248 of 428 families paid ₹850 each and got covered," Hindustan Times reported.
Further, the DM added that the Sarpanch Santosh Kanwar for the remaining 180 families reached out to the local donor, Tej Raj, who paid the remaining premium worth ₹ 1.53 lakhs and got the entire village covered.
Covering 20 Panchayats By Month-End
After that, Jain also mentioned that the administration has further identified 20-gram panchayats in 10 blocks and has aimed at pulling through the 100 per cent insurance cover for those families by the end of the month. The insurance premium is free for beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) of the state registered in the free category.
Moreover, who fall under the economically backward section of the socio-economic census of 2011 and contract workers working in all the departments, boards and corporations of the state.