Nagaland state received the national award for best performing state in the north east in programme implementation of RSBY during the 3rd national workshop on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) held from May 3 to 5 at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
This is the third time the state has received the national award, besides national individual award received by Yanger Aier, project officer of Labour Department during 2009. Labour department, government of Nagaland was designated by ministry of labour and employment, Government of India as the state nodal agency to implement RSBY scheme in the state.
According to Yanger Aier, project officer, directorate of labour, Kohima, the department have been able to deliver about 50,000 RSBY Smart Cards to the beneficiaries in the state, covering approximately 2,50,000 individuals.
Nearly 5,000 beneficiaries have already availed free medical benefits through the scheme, which if converted to monetary terms, amounts to `3 crore.
Bethel Hospital, Oking Hospital in Kohima, Faith Hospital in Dimapur and Woodland Hospital in Mokokchung have been impaneled by the department in servicing RSBY cards. Further the government of Nagaland has notified all government district hospitals to join in servicing the scheme.
Accordingly Naga Hospital, Kohima became the first government hospital in Nagaland, to join the scheme, while CIHSR, Dimapur and ECS hospital Tuensang have also shown keen interest in joining the scheme.
The department of labour is making all necessary correspondences to make these hospitals functional under the scheme. More efforts are being made by the department of labour to make more hospitals in the state join the scheme so that beneficiaries are able to avail such benefits at the nearest hospital, the release stated.