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Srinagar, Oct 26: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam reviewed the preparedness for the formal roll-out of the Ayushman Bharat-PradhanMantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) at a high-level meeting here Friday.

CEO, National Health Agency, Ayushman Bharat, Dr Indu Bhushan; Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo; Secretary, Information Technology, SaugatBiswas; Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K, Bhupinder Kumar; Director Information and PR, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, besides other State Government officials and a team from National Health Agency attended the meeting.

The meeting was informed that following the national launch of AB-PMJAY by the Prime Minister last month, J&K is all set to roll-out the flagship health insurance scheme on 1 December 2018.

 

The scheme is aimed at providing health protection cover to poor and vulnerable families to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare. The scheme will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiaries at the point of service in any empaneled hospitals (both in public and private sector) across the country.

The insurance coverage under AB-PMJAY will be Rs 5 lakh per family per annum with no cap on the family size. Every family under the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database will be entitled to claim the benefits under the scheme with estimated 613648 families to be covered in J&K.

The scheme covers 1350 medical packages covering surgery, medical and day care treatments including medicines and diagnostics. The meeting was informed that J&K has finalized the Insurance Company i.e. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company for implementing the scheme in the state.

The meeting was informed that the Deputy Commissioner of each district has been designated as the Chairman of the District Implementation Unit (DIU) to effectively coordinate the implementation of the scheme. Chief Medical Officer of the district has been designated as the Vice-Chairman of the DIU.

Chief Secretary called for launching a sustained awareness campaign about the Scheme to inform the prospective beneficiaries about the programme, its benefits, the eligibility criteria and the process to avail the benefits.

He also called for validating existing beneficiary list and to collect additional information like contact numbers, ration card details, Aadhar details, etc through ANMs and ASHAS.

The meeting was told that the District Grievance ‘Redressal Committee is being constituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners with Chief Medical Officer as Convener to handle and resolve grievances in the district.


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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