Health insurance scheme for auto and taxi drivers

National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) or Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) will soon cover labourers from the unorganized sector including auto rickshaw and taxi drivers, rag pickers and street vendors.

Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Mallikarjun Kharge, said that auto and taxi drivers will soon benefit from this scheme. He also said that Bangladesh, Nigeria, Maldives and other countries have also shown interest in following schemes like RSBY, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and other such schemes for the welfare of its people.

The Union Minister and Minister for Labour, B N Bachegowda confirmed that the labour welfare schemes conceptualised by the Centre and the State will soon be implemented and processes for the same would be expedited.

Bachegowda said, “We have already implemented the NHIS in all the districts of the state. Likewise, we will soon execute our plans and implement the remaining programmes to ensure labour welfare.”

Out of the 6.5 crore families that are below poverty line in the country, almost 2.35 crore had been given smart cards which entitles them to get health cover of up to Rs. 30,000 for diseases that require hospitalization. The RSBY scheme extends to five members in a family including the head of household, spouse and up to 3 dependents.