TS may replicate AP health cards

  • Ceiling may be hiked to Rs 2.5 lakh

HYDERABAD: Telangana Government, which claims to be an employee-friendly regime, is mulling options on providing health cards to its staff on par with those working in Andhra Pradesh Government.

It is likely that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will take a final call on the issue, which is yet to begin despite pressure by the employees after formation of Telangana State once he gets a detailed report on the employees working for the TS Government. The ceiling may see a hike to Rs 2.5 lakh from the current Rs 1 lakh if the TRS Government wants to replicate its AP counterpart. It is learnt that the government will soon take a decision on the key issue even before it gears up its official machinery for the State Formation Day celebrations on June 2, which is just a couple months away.

Health Minister Dr C Lakshma Reddy on Thursday directed officials to submit a detailed report on health cards issue. During a high level review meeting at Secretariat here, the minister discussed the issue with leaders of employees associations and higher officials.

According to the information, the minister asked the officials to expedite the process and issue health cards without any further delay. The Government is committed to provide health cards and ensure that the employees get better medical services, the minister told them in the meeting. The TRS Government will keep its promise of corporate level and quality medical services to the employees in the State. The Government is planning to replicate Andhra Pradesh Government to provide health cards to its employees. This facility will help the employees to get medical services without paying a single rupee. Also the expenditure limit has been increased to Rs 2.5 lakh from the existing Rs 1 lakh against the demand of no ceiling of expenditure.

It is learnt that the employees in Telangana want replication of this in the State. It is likely that the TS Government may offer health cards to its employees with similar amount of Rs 2.50 lakh or may hike it to Rs 3 lakh limit. Despite this, the employees are demanding that the government remove ceiling of expenditure as it may cost more depending on disease and treatment. (NSS)

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