Published On: Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission introduces health insurance

New Delhi: In a move that could benefit more than 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, the Seventh Pay commission Thursday proposed to introduce health insurance scheme.

Seventh Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur Thursday submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Seventh Pay Commission Chairman Justice A K Mathur Thursday submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Pay Commission has taken a depressing view for delay in implementing the health insurance for central government employees and pensioners, which was also recommended earlier pay commissions and the committee of secretaries.

“The commission notes that although the committee of secretaries had given its ‘in principle’ approval way back in 2011, and an amount of Rs 2,061 crore had been earmarked under the 12th Five-Year Plan, the scheme has still not been implemented,” the Seventh Pay Commission said in its report.

The Seventh Pay Commission has proposed that the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) be strengthened so that pensioners living in areas which do not have CGHS dispensaries get access to empanelled hospitals and receive treatment on a cashless basis.

The commission also recommended health insurance scheme for central government employees should cover indoor patient as well as outdoor patient.

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