Karunanidhi launches health insurance scheme for govt employees

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Chennai, Jun 11 (UNI) In a pioneering initiative, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today launched a new comprehensive health insurance scheme for the state government employees and their families.

Tamil Nadu is the first state in the country to launch such a scheme for government employees who would have an insurance cover of Rs two lakh for every four years.

Subsequent to his announcement to this effect at a function on July 15 last year, Mr Karunanidhi formally launched the scheme at the State Secretariat here by distributing identity cards to ten government employees.

More than eight lakh employees, including those working in government PSUs, undertakings and boards have registered under the scheme.

Under the scheme, each emmployee has to pay a premium of Rs 495 per annum and 12.5 per cent service tax to the insurance firm.

The scheme was being implemented through the Star Health and Allied Insurance company and each government employee would contribute just Rs 300 per annum as premium, which would be deducted at the rate of Rs 25 per month for 12 months from the June month's salary.

The balance premium of Rs 195 and the service tax would be borne by the State government.

The scheme would cover not only government employees but also those working in government PSUs, local bodies, Statutory Boards, and State Universities.

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