Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has won national award for its outstanding performance for ‘best enrolment’ under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna. The award was presented by Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Labour and Employment Minister to PC Dhiman, principal secretary, health, in presence of Dr Rajiv Bindal, state health minister, in Chandigarh.
Speaking on the occasion, Bindal said that the validity of smart cards issued to BPL families at present was one year, which should be made valid at least for three years in future so that poor people had not to face any inconvenience in making the card time and again. He stressed on preparing a software for making smart cards compatible so that desired changes could be made on-the-spot.
The health minister said that 2,36,173 smart cards had been issued in the state, covering more than 81.73 per cent target population. He said that as many as 4,397 eligible persons had been given benefit under the scheme by spending Rs 1.76 crore. He further said that under the first phase in Shimla and Kangra districts, more than 80 per cent of BPL families have been issued smart cards, which is the highest percentage in the country, for which the state has been given an award.