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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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BJP’s poll debacle: ‘Politics of division’, intolerance cost them, say NC, Cong

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Srinagar, Dec 11: National Conference (NC) and Congress on Tuesday attributed the victory of Congress and other parties over BJP in 5 states to the politics of intolerance and suppression of the democratic rights of people during last four years of saffron rule in the country.

State Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir said, “Politics of intolerance has no place in India and people have delivered this message to BJP in all the five states which went polls recently. Congress is the only party committed to establish religious plurality in the country and any party tending to divide the people in the country will have to face the fate BJP faced today in the five states.

The results in five states are just a beginning and I am sure BJP will be decimated in 2019 Lok Sabha elections on its own failures including demonetization and politics of religious divides.”

Saying that people have seen regional parties failing on their commitments, Mir claimed that in Jammu and Kashmir too Congress will emerge as the single largest party in the coming assembly elections.

When contacted senior NC leader and party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a different state where the issues are related to its own identity which have to be maintained. People of the country have voted against Mandir-Masjid politics, religious intolerance, renaming of historical cities and cultural places just for vote bank politics.

The people in power have been denied the mandate on the divisive politics they were propagating for the last four years. Jammu and Kashmir Governor must take lessons from the verdict of five states and desist from triggering controversies by tinkering with the state laws and the key institutions.”

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One lakh sanctioned for NoKs of slain pregnant lady of Pulwama: DC tells SHRC

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Srinagar, Dec 11: Deputy Commissioner Pulwama in his reply submitted to the State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki stated that RS one lakh has been sanctioned as the ex-gratia and released in favour of the pregnant lady Firdousa of Pulwama who was killed in cross fire after an attack on 44 RR on October 10.
The reply has been submitted in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo under case number SHRC 367/Pul/2018 dated October 25.
The DC Pulwama in its report has said that an FIR number 92/2018 under section 307 RPC stands registered in police station Rajpora and investigation taken up. “The injured lady was taken to district hospital Pulwama where she succumbed to her injuries,” the reply stated, adding that the investigations into the case is going on.
The DC Pulwama said that the RS 1 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of Firdousa’s next of kin has been sanctioned and released.
Meanwhile, petitioner said ex-gratia relief is not justice with the killing. “It is the question of two lives as the lady was pregnant. One lakh compensation is just like adding salt to injuries,” he said and demanded that the guilty forces personnel of 44 RR should be booked as per the law.

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Heritage sites depository of values: Advisor Ganai

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JAMMU, DEC 11: Stressing on the importance of preserving heritage for younger generation, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today said that heritage sites are depository of values and status of civilization.
He was speaking here at a meeting convened to discuss the conservation and adaptive re-use of Mubarak Mandi heritage Complex.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner/Secretary, Culture Department, Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Secretary Tourism Ringzin Samphel, Managing Director JKPCC M Raju, Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, . Munir-ul-Islam, Director Tourism Jammu O P Bhagat, Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmed Wani, Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society, Deepika Sharma, representatives of Sanrakshan Heritage consultants and other officials.
Munish Pandit, director Sanrakshan Heritage consultants gave a detailed power point presentation regarding the measures under implementation for restoration of the heritage Complex.
The Advisor Ganai stressed that outcome of the exercise is to portray the long legacy and layers of cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir so that it can be promoted as an attraction for tourists and art lovers alike.
The Advisor Ganai also said that the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex provides opportunity to craftsperson of all regions of state to portray their art and craft to visitors at one place.
The meeting was informed that work is going on in to turn the Mubarak Mandi as a cultural center with an aim to capture memory, revive traditions, revealing histories, reinforcing community identity.
Under the ongoing new project, the re-use of Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex revolves around six identified zones including Mandi, Knowledge centre, interpretation and collection galleries, life style, experiential spaces and crafts center.
He stressed on the need to execute the restoration work in consonance with heritage norms and as per the laid down specifications for such work.
Meanwhile, the meeting was informed about the redevelopment of connecting street and façade up gradation from Chowk Chabutara to Mubarak Mandi and Panjithirthi to Mubarak Mandi besides development of parking at Paanjitirthi and Peer Kho.

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