New Delhi: Rickshaw-pullers, rag pickers, sanitation workers and taxi drivers are among a host of unorganised sector workers who have been brought under the ambit of the national health insurance scheme in a decision taken by the union cabinet Tuesday.
The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) would be extended to rickshaw-pullers, rag pickers, mine workers, sanitation workers and autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers. At total of 13.68 lakh rickshaw-pullers, 11.63 lakh rag pickers, 17.79 lakh mine workers, 10.08 lakh sanitation workers and 35.39 lakh autorickshaw drivers would be covered under the scheme, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters after the cabinet meeting here.
The total financial implications for extension of the RSBY to rickshaw-pullers, rag pickers, mine workers, sanitation workers and autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers, would be around Rs 210 crore for the year 2013-14 and Rs.419.89 crore from 2014-15 onwards.
The RSBY is being implemented in 28 states/union territories and more than 3.44 crore smart cards have been issued as on March 31. The target for the year 2013-14 is to cover 3.60 crore below poverty line families.