Tamil Nadu state government is to introduce a health insurance scheme for the benefit of below poverty line families. To assist government and Public the Greater Chennai Corporation has identified more than 3.62 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families that would be eligible for the special health insurance scheme.
“Of the estimated 3.96 lakh families, we have surveyed 3.62 lakh families (92.9 per cent) and collected their details,” an official said. During the identification survey, the civic body collected details of the families and uploaded them to a dedicated government website. Of the 3.62 lakh families surveyed, the details of 1.08 lakh families have been uploaded in the portal so far. The sanitary inspectors across all the divisions conducts drive to enroll the deserving BPL families. The new insurance scheme would provide additional coverage beyond the diseases and ailments covered in the present insurance schemes provided by the government.
Of the 3.96 lakh BPL families, highest is central region with 1.52 lakh families and north region with 1.34 lakh families whereas the south region has 1.08 lakh families.Zonewise, Tondiarpet zone (north region) has the highest number with 50,138 families. Thiru Vi Ka Nagar zone that abuts Tondiarpet has 44,976 BPL families. With only 11,077 such families, Manali zone has the lowest number of BPL families in the city.