Chandigarh: In order to provide free and better health services to the farmers, Punjab government has extended by one year the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Insurance Scheme for the farmers, starting from November.
Giving details, the spokesman said that under this farmer friendly Free Health Insurance Scheme, 4.33 lac farmers have been registered by the Punjab Mandi Board and government has incurred expenditure to the tune of Rs 10.82 crore to provide the insurance cover.
He informed that the installment for the annual insurance premium is paid by the concerned market committee and in case of the death of the Policy Holder, amputation of limbs or complete disability, a compensation of Rs 5 lac was given.
Besides, free medical treatment up to Rs 50 thousand in a year is extended to all the members of the family of the farmer registered under this scheme. He said that now it has been decided by the government to enter the names of the members of the family in the health card along with the head of the family.
He made an appeal to the farmers to contact the concerned Market Committees to get the names of their family members registered in order to avail maximum benefit of the scheme.
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