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Ayushman Bharat scheme: Registration of beneficiaries by Dec 1; fee slashed by 50%

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Srinagar, Nov 10: Within 5 days of opening of Durbar in Jammu, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam arrived in Srinagar on a 2-day visit to the Valley to take stock of the developmental, governance and other initiatives in the summer capital.
Immediately on his arrival here, Chief Secretary chaired a high-level meeting at the newly established Winter Secretariat to review the preparedness for rollout of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (AB-PMJAY).
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Baseer Ahmad Khan; Chief Executive Officer, AB-PMJAY, Bhupinder Kumar; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, DR Syed Abid Rasheed; Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar; Director SKIMS Soura, Dr Omar Javaid; Principal, Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid and Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Kunzes Dolma attended the meeting.
Deputy Commissioners of other districts joined the meeting through Video-Conferencing.
This was the second meeting convened by the Chief Secretary this week to review the preparedness for rollout of the scheme. Earlier, he chaired a meeting in this regard at Civil Secretariat Jammu on Thursday.
Chief Secretary directed the Deputy Commissioners to complete the registration of all the identified beneficiaries through Common Service Centres (CSCs) latest by 1st December 2018, so that Golden Card for each family is generated on time. He said the government has decided to cut the cost per registration, which is to be paid to the CSC, from Rs 30 to Rs 15 per card. He said the remaining amount will be borne by the Finance Department if the registration is done before December 15, 2018.
He also stressed the need for extending the network of empanelled Private Hospitals to increase the basket of choice. It is heartening that over 2000 CSCs have got registered within 48 hours since the last meeting and are ready to enrol beneficiaries to give cards for availing services in the State under AB-PMJAY. The Deputy Commissioners were also directed to launch intensive and sustained awareness campaign on the flagship health insurance scheme. DCs were also directed to set-up special teams for launching door to door campaign for realizing the targets.
Regarding the migratory population, it was clarified that they can enrol for getting cards wherever they are located. As regards the inaccessible areas which have connectivity issues, DCs were asked to seek assistance of Police and Army authorities for achieving the enrolment targets.
Chief Secretary said that in view of the ongoing examinations, the district administration must move ahead with the enrolment process in a phased manner so that the school going children, who have been categorized as beneficiaries, are not left out of the registration process.
Chief Secretary was informed about the pace of the enrolment process in the Valley with districts like Baramulla and Pulwama already having generated a small chunk of Golden Cards that will be handed over to the beneficiaries at the time of rolling out of the scheme.
The DCs briefed the Chief Secretary about the steps being taken to ensure cent percent enrolment by involving the human resource of various state departments like Rural Development, Health and Social Welfare in the enrolment process.
AB-PMJAY is a flagship national health insurance programme to be launched by Prime Minister Ist December 2018. The scheme will provide health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year (on a family floater basis) to about 30 lakh souls in J&K belonging to poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data.
The scheme will cover medical and hospitalization expenses at secondary and tertiary care levels. PMJAY has defined 1,350 medical packages covering surgery, medical and day care treatments including medicines, diagnostics and transport. The scheme will be cashless and paperless at public hospitals and empanelled private hospitals. The beneficiaries will not be required to pay any charges for the hospitalization expenses. The benefit also includes pre and post-hospitalization expenses.


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If PSA for stone pelting in Kashmir why not in Jammu: Sajad Lone

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Jammu, Feb 18: Peoples’ Conference Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families living outside Kashmir was unacceptable and cannot be passed off as a purportedly natural outburst.

“These incidents are tantamount to trivializing the enormous sufferings and the pain suffered by the people of Kashmir over the period of the last three decades while their lives were engulfed by the scourge of violence and terror.

They have been at the receiving end of the devastation that comes with a prolonged conflict and they have borne the brunt. To attack them, single them out and harass them is shameful and those behind such mob-mentality and bullying should be dealt with in the strongest of terms”, Sajad Gani

 

Lone said today on arrival in Jammu where he is going to reach out to members of the community to ensure their safety and security.
“If stone pelting is wrong in Kashmir, it is equally wrong in Jammu and should attract the same legal and administrative response. What is wrong in Kashmir can’t be deemed acceptable and tolerable in Jammu. Law and Order is the subject of the State Administration and they need to ensure there is zero tolerance for these mobs in Jammu and those who are involved are arrested and persecuted”, Sajad Lone further added.

“All State Governments are duty bound to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiri students, professionals and families residing in their respective States and no laxity should be tolerated in this matter. I have spoken to various State Government authorities and Police Authorities in various States and sought foolproof safety and security of Kashmiri students and families in those States”, the PC Chairman added.

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Safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu our priority: Farooq

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Jammu, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is personally overseeing the relief operation of the stranded Kashmiris in Jammu on the second consecutive day has maintained that safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu is our priority.
Dr Farooq Abdullah who has been personally overseeing the whole relief and rescue operation has ensured the safe transit of more than 2500 small and big vehicles to Kashmir over the past two days.
Pertinent to mention here that the party has geared up its provincial team of Jammu including party additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustufa Kamal and Provincial President Devender Singh Rana in its response to the exigencies following the incidents of arson and sporadic vioence in some parts of Jammu.
While addressing people at Mecca Masjid Dr Farooq Abdullah urged the stranded passengers there to have faith and believe in the age old traditions of brotherhood and bonhomie. He also applauded the efforts of local people and other communities who came forward to help the stranded Kashmiris. “I am moved by the compassion of various groups and communities who have come forward to the rescue of stranded Kashmiris. The efforts need to be replicated across all sections of the society; measures like these are befitting reply to those forces as are inclined to destroy our unity,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Farooq under his vigil managed safe transit of stranded passengers including eighty students to Kashmir for the second consecutive day.
Dr Farooq maintained that he will be staying put at Jammu only unless the condition returns to normalcy. “I am personally watchful of the situation. We have put up a free community kitchen at Mecca Masjid to ensure that the needy and stranded people don’t have to face any problem in the wake of the tumultuous situation,” he said.
Party functionaries and senior leaders who are part of the relief operation include Ajaz Jan, Ratan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Syed Akhoon and others.

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CB books revenue officials, beneficiaries for grabbing 45 kanals of state land at Pahalgam

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Crime Branch Kashmir today registered a case against revenue officials and the beneficiaries for illegal transferring state land at Pahalgam in favour of the latter.

According to an official communiqué, the Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from inhabitants of village Nunwan Pahalgam Anantnag.
The complaint inter-alia reveals that as per revenue records of the year 1978 (Bikrami) land measuring 45 Kanals & 19 Marlas under Survey No. 169 situated at village Nunwan Pahalgam was Khalsa Sarkar/state land. The land as per year 1990-91 (Bikrami) stands divided under various Nos. viz 196/169 (9.1 Kanals), 200/169(5.4 Kanals), 206/169(1.16 Kanals), 207/169(4.9 kanals), 208/169(8.2 Kanals), 220/169(3.11 Kanals),169 (6.7Kanals) and in the same Jamabandi the entries have been made in tenancy column in favour of tenants and possession holders, but in the same record piece of land under survey No. 169 was recorded as state land (Kabza Najaiz). It is alleged that in Jamabandi of the year 1969-70 few fictitious survey Nos 301/169(10.10 Kanals) 326/169 (3.7 Kanals) were made in favour of some non-locals namely Salam-Din & others R/O Khanabal Anantnag, and 301/169 (2 Kanals) in favour of Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, by the revenue officials in connivance with the beneficiaries. The land has been illegally occupied by the said persons while as the land is state land measuring 38 Kanals as Shamilat U/S 5, and 6.7 Kanals are recorded as

“Goorvan”. Subsequently a preliminary enquiry under Reg.No.58/2011 was initiated at Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir. It came to fore that the land in question has been reflected as Khalsa Sarkar as per “Misle-Haqiyat” (record of rights) of the year 1978 (Bikrami). Subsequently the said land was converted to Shamilaat and then fraudulently in furtherance of criminal conspiracy by the revenue officers/officials and the beneficiaries and mutated in favour of Salam-Din R/O Khanabal Anantang, and Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, U/S 4 & 8 of Agrarian Reforms Act, thereby misused their official position in order to render undue benefit upon beneficiaries.

 
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