J form holder farmers to get benefit under ‘Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna’
Pataiala, July 19- Punjab Government would provide Five lakh cashless treatment to all the ‘J’ form holder farmers of the state. Farmers can submit applications till 24th July, 2020 in order to be able to derive benefit under the ‘Ayushmann Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna’ for the year 2020-21.
Disclosing this here today, the Deputy Commissioner Patiala, Kumar Amit said that all the farmers who have ‘J’ forms and have the ‘Sugarcane Weighment Slips’, would be eligible for deriving benefit under the scheme. They need to submit their declarations along with the other requisite documents to the office of concerned Market Committee or their Commission Agent (Arhtiya) by 24th July, 2020. He also added that the premium of the insurance of the farmers would be paid by the Punjab Mandi Board and the farming community would not have to pay any fee.
Divulging the details, he said that as per this health insurance scheme, the beneficiaries can avail treatment upto Rs. 5 lakh for 1396 ailments including heart operation, cancer treatment, joint replacement and the operation in accident cases at the 546 empanelled hospitals and 208 Government hospitals.
During the year 2020-21, the 8.70 lakh ‘J’ form holder farmers and 80000 sugarcane producers of the state including district Pataial, would get all the health benefits entitled under the Sehat Bima Yojna whereas during the 2019-20, five lakh farmers were brought under the ambit of the scheme who were found eligible on the basis of ‘J’ forms issued in 2015 by the Punjab Mandi Board.
He also elaborated that the Mandi Board has registered 8.70 lakh farmers on and after 1st January, 2020 as ‘J’ form holders for the purpose of selling their agricultural produce. Similarly, 80000 sugarcane producers who sold their produce during the crushing season from 1st November, 2019 to 31st March, 2020, would also be eligible to avail benefits under the scheme. Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh giving nod to their inclusion in the scheme, all the 9.50 lakh farmers along with their families would be eligible to get benefits of the scheme w.e.f. 20 August, 2020. The Market Committees have also been directed to ensure that the benefits accrue to the farmers in a hasslefree manner.
Giving more details, the DC said that the farmers desirous of availing benefits in accordance with the scheme, can get the self declaration form, from the concerned Market Committee office or the firm of the commission agent (Arhtiya) or can also be downloaded from the website www.mandiboard.nic.in. After receiving the applications from the farmers, the uploading would be done on the portal specially created for the purpose, aftermath the eligible farmers would be issued the ‘Sehat Bima Cards’. Under this cashless scheme, all such ailments would be covered for treatment which require hospitalization for a period of more than 24 hours or are listed under the day care treatment scheme.
He further said that apart from the head of the farmer’s household, husband/wife, father/mother, unmarried children, divorced daughter and her minor children, widowed daughter in law along with her minor child, would also be considered eligible for benefits under the scheme. For any further clarification a toll free number 104 can be contacted.
It is worth mentioning that the State Government had started ‘Ayushmann Bharat Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna’ previous year on August 20 to cover 45 lakh eligible families under the ambit of the scheme which proved very beneficial for the needy people of Punjab.