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Srinagar, Oct 10: The High Court on Wednesday sought the response from the state government following a petition challenging the recently introduced medi-claim health insurance scheme.

The group medi-claim health insurance scheme rolled out by Jammu and Kashmir government last month for employees, pensioners, and accredited journalists has been challenged in the High Court on the grounds that it has been done to a particular corporate company.

Gulbadin Ahmad Mir of Shopian through advocate Lone Altaf has submitted a petition claiming that it was introduced to benefit a particular insurance company.

“The said policy is introduced out of malice and of nepotism without bothering the welfare of the petitioner, therefore the impugned policy smells discretionary approach on part of respondents as such deserves to be quashed,” the petitioner has said.

Since the e-tendering is mandatory and every tender nowadays to give it vide publicity through online. However, the petitioner has claimed that it was not adopted in the instant case.

The government in September rolled out the group medi-claim health insurance scheme for employees, pensioners, and accredited journalists in the state.

The scheme has been made mandatory for government employees including employees of PSUs, autonomous bodies and universities while it will be optional for pensioners and other categories of employees and accredited journalists.

The petitioner has claimed that the contract has been awarded to the company, which has least presence in Jammu and Kashmir wherein the most of the stakeholders reside.

There are five lakh employees serving both in rural and urban areas.  The main purpose and the object of the scheme was to provide and cater to the health needs of employees of JK.

“Unfortunately just two hospitals from Srinagar (not hospitals in strict sense as the same are just clinics) and 18 hospitals (most of them are just clinics) from Jammu have been empanelled and rest of the hospitals is out of state with most of them in southern and eastern India like in Telangana, Tamil Nadu Westbengal, which are practically inaccessible to the stakeholders,” the petitioner said.

The petitioner said that there should have been empanelled hospitals in every district headquarter.

Hearing the petition, Justice M K Hanjura has sought the response from the state government in a week. The case has been listed on October 17.


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Clear message to Modi that people are unhappy

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Buoyed by Congress’ resurgence, party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the assembly poll outcome is a “clear message” to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change while asserting that his party will also win in 2019.
Prime Minister Narender Modi got a massive mandate but refused to listen to “heartbeat of the country”, Gandhi noted, and said there are serious questions being asked about the future of country’s youngsters as there was a sense of discontentment and inability to see the future.
Thanking people and party workers for party’s good performance in three states of Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, he said, “It’s now time for change. We are going to provide these three states with a vision for overall development”. However, he added that they would have liked to do better in Telangana.
Hitting at the BJP for its often-stated remark of Congress-mukt (Congress-free) Bharat, Gandhi said,”the BJP has a certain ideology and we will fight against it. We have won this elections, we will also win in 2019. However, we do not want to get rid of anyone, ‘hum kisikomuktnahikarnachahtein’.”
Asked about the selection of chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, he said there will not be any issue and it will be done smoothly.
There is a clear message to Prime Minister Modi that people are not happy with his decisions, including demonetisation and those pertaining to farmers and youth, he said, adding the BJP has failed to provide a vision for the country going forward.
Asserting that the process of loan waiver for farmers will start as soon as Congress governments are formed, he, however, said the loan waiver is a measure, not a solution to farmers’ distress.
Gandhi was named to lead the Congress exactly a year ago and took over the charge from his mother Sonia Gandhi a few days later.
Rahul Gandhi also praised Congress workers and likened them to ‘babbarsher’ (lions).

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Accept people’s mandate with humility: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday congratulated the Congress, Telangana’s K CHandrashekarRao and the Mizo National Front for their victories.

He tweeted: “We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.

“Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram,” he added.

The BJP has suffered serious reverses in the heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at the hands of the Congress. In Telangana and Mizoram, its performance has been dismal, despite high hopes of a good showing.

“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” he said in another tweet

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‘Winds of change’ will bring good days to JK: Farooq

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Srinagar, Dec 11:National Conference president and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said that BJP’s defeat in the Assembly polls were the “winds of change” that will bring “good days to Jammu and Kashmir.

Exuding confidence that the poll results in five states of India will have a good bearing on all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah, as per KNS, said: “I believe winds of change will bring good days to the people of Jammu and Kashmir also.”

“Using the name of ‘Bhagwan Ram’ for winning elections has collapsed BJP. People have rejected Mandir-Masjid politics and upheld secular politics in the country. For four years they didn’t remember a temple to be built in the name of “Bhagwan Ram” but in election time they remember ‘Bhagwan Ram’,” he said.

Farooq added: “People have voted against betrayal of promises, be it GST, demonetization or any other policy decision taken during last four years. The value of Indian rupee has gone down, commitment of transferring fifty lakhs in the bank accounts of people and demonetization are the factors that have contributed to the defeat of BJP in the five states.”

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