Tripura Cabinet Approves Health Insurance Scheme for Journalists

BANKING AND ECONOMY

The state Cabinet of Tripura approved “Tripura Journalist Health Insurance Scheme-2022”, a health insurance cover for accredited journalists in association with print, web, and electronic media organizations. 

The approved insurance scheme will cover medical expenses up to Rs 3 lakh. The state government will contribute 80% of the annual premium while the rest of the amount needs to be contributed by the beneficiary himself. For example, if the total premium is Rs.6,000, the state government will pay Rs.4,800 and the remaining Rs.1200 will have to be borne by the journalist.

The state government invited tenders from different insurance companies and it is expected that the entire process would be completed in the next two months.

In the first phase of the scheme, the state government set a target to cover at least 1,000 journalists. The state has 177 accredited journalists and applications are invited from others.  After a severe scrutinization, all the eligible journalists will be given the accreditation cards within a short period.

Eligibility of the journalists for the scheme;

  • He/she should be a permanent resident of the state.
  • He/she should be accredited with the state government or PIB.
  • He/she should be in the age group of 21-65 years.
  • He/she should not be enrolled in other health insurance schemes or Ayushman Bharat.

   Important points for the exam:

  • A new insurance scheme “Tripura Journalist Health Insurance Scheme-2022” was approved by the state cabinet of Tripura.
  • The approved insurance scheme will cover medical expenses up to Rs 3 lakh for eligible journalists.
  • The contribution for the annual premium is 80% and 20% from the state government and journalists respectively.

   Facts to know:

  • The insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) was established in 1999.
  • Headquarters of IRDAI: Hyderabad.
  • Chairman of IRDAI: Mr.Debasish Panda IAS.
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