Nagaland has taken the lead among North Eastern states in implementing the health insurance scheme called Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) for the unorganised sector workers and received the award for ‘Outstanding Performance in Programme Implementation of RSBY in the North Eastern Region’ from the government of India recently coupled with the award received by Chubayanger Aier, project officer, directorate of labour for outstanding individual contribution for the same during the two days National conference ob RSBY in Trivandrum on October 28 and 29.
These achievements according to DLO, Longleng, R. Longritemjen Ao, were indeed the “harvest of hard work” of all concerned officials involved and the co-operation of the people for bringing laurels to the state as well as the department.
The DLO also lauded the farsightedness on the part of the state government and the ministry of labour, GoI for the award in recognition of efficient laboring and further stated that despite financial constrain, the state government willingly accepted to sponsor the scheme (10%) so people could enjoy the benefit.
He asserted that it was not a solo achievement, but a joint effort of a Mumbai based New Delhi India Insurance Company with the branch office at Dimapur and the E-Medetik solution, a Gurgaon based company for rendering their services efficiently and helping in materializing the scheme.
However he stated that unless the ministry and the state government released their respective sponsoring financial share on time, the empanelled hospitals-Bethel Hospital and Oking Hospital in Kohima, Woodland Nursing Home and Impur Christian Hospital in Mokokchung and Faith Hospital in Dimapur which have been rendering the best services would be left struggling and ultimately have its impact on the targeted smart card holders.
He also commented that despite limited official manpower, within a span of less than a couple of years, the department had already covered four districts- Kohima, Mokokchung, Peren and Phek which was more than the allotted coverage, and expressed hope that with the blessing of the ministry and the state government, the scheme would be implemented in the remaining districts in due time so that all the deserving people of the state would avail the benefit.