Rs 850 crore schemes for poor in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Jul 8 (UNI) The Rajasthan Government has announced to launch Rs 850 crore welfare schemes aimed at empowerment and free health facilities to around 50 lakh poor families in the state.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said while a Rs 750 crore Bhamashah Financial Empowerment and Nari Samridhi schemes were being launched to cover 21 lakh BPL families and 32 lakh families of small and marginal farmers, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes, the Rs 100 crore scheme will be implemented for free medical insurance of BPL families.

Under the Bhamashah Financial Empowerment scheme the above families would be encouraged to open bank account in the name of a woman head of the family.

As an encouragement initiative, the state government would deposit Rs 1500 in each bank account opened in the name of a woman head of the family, the Chief Minister said.

Under the medical insurance scheme, the family would get an insurance policy which would entitle it to get reimbursement of medical expenses up to Rs 30,000 per annum.

The entire premium of the insurance policy would be paid by the government, Ms Raje said.

Both the schemes would be operated through special Smart Cards, the Chief Minister added.

A conference was held here today to brief the district collectors proper implementation and operation procedure of all the districts.

About 15000 camps would be organised in different parts of the state from tomorrow onwards for identification of beneficiary families and issuance of Smart Cards to eligible families.

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