Ranchi, September 22: Media personnel in Jharkhand will soon be covered under health insurance scheme.
Director of information and public relations department, Jharkhand, Shashi Prakash Singh after a meeting with media representatives at the Suchna Bhawan in Ranchi said the the Chief Minister Hemant Soren wants to provide health insurance to the media personnel.
“The government is committed on providing health insurance for media personnel and chief minister is very keen on it,” said Shashi Prakash Singh on the draft health insurance scheme for media.
The IPRD director further said that the draft policy is being made following consultation with all media fraternity.
“In this regard, representatives of two insurance companies have also been called, who are doing the work of health insurance of media personnel in the neighboring states. We invited media persons to share their suggestions regarding insurance company or terms of insurance with the directorate. Soon the health insurance policy will be prepared based on opinion of the journalists and will be put for discussion before it is finally implemented,” the director IPRD said.
Journalists also gave their suggestions at the meeting and suggested for waiver of the insurance premium payment from the media personnel or to fix the insurance premium amount at 10 percent of the total premium. At the same time, emphasis was laid on connecting journalists of regional areas including the city with the insurance scheme. Along with this, it was also suggested to increase the amount of insurance up to Rs 10 lakh.
Deputy Director IPRD, Shalini Verma and assistant director Avinash Kumar along with representatives of United India Insurance Company, National Insurance Company were also present in the meeting.