In Gujarat's Jamnagar district it has been found that out of the 21,000 issued National Health Insurance Scheme or Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) smart cards, 11,000 have the same father's name on it. Due to this mismatch, the beneficiaries are not able to avail the facilities they are authorized on behalf of the RSBY.
“Those people who have been assigned the job of translating the data into English repeated the names. The mistake is bonafide, not intentional,” PS Vaidya told NNIS while adding that the mistake has been rectified now. Contrary to the views of the Dr. Vaidya, Suresh Kumar who has pointed out this grave mistake claimed that this is not just an error by mistake but this has been done deliberately.
“Out of the 21,000 RSBY smart cards 11,000 have the same father name inscribed on it. When a card holder desires to use it, the data mismatches and deprives a beneficiary from the benefits he or she is entitled to. This is not just a simple mistake but this has been deliberately,” said Suresh Kumar.
RSBY is a government sponsored health insurance scheme under which every BPL family holding yellow ration card is entitled to get a health cover of Rs. 30,000 per annum. Under the insurance scheme, head of the family, spouse, upto three dependent children, and parents are covered, and can avail cashless insurance for hospitalization in public as well private hospitals. To avail the insurance scheme the family has to pay a nominal one time registration fee of Rs. 30, which provides them a biometric-enabled smart card containing their fingerprints and photographs.
Both the central as well as state governments have to financially contribute to the scheme. The central government bears 75% of the Rs. 600 premium (per person per year), while 25% is take care of by the respective state governments.