Tamil Nadu Government staff get ‘premium’ insurance policy

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Chennai: This was in line with her announcement of a new insurance scheme for 10.22 lakh government employees for the next four years from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020. The insurance scheme for government employees, which was being implemented since 2012 through United India Insurance, expired on June 30 this year.

The Chief Minister had recently ordered to put in place an insurance scheme for the next four years with additional benefits to government employees.  “After the open tender process and inviting applications from public sector insurance companies, United India Insurance has been selected for the scheme,” an official statement released on Wednesday here said.

Highlighting the benefits of the new scheme, it said the insurance cover has been fixed at Rs four lakh for four years for the family of government employees, while the amount sanctioned to certain treatments for cancer and organ transplant, had been increased to Rs 7.50 lakh. The release said dependents of government employees with 40 per cent disability would be benefited by the scheme without any age ceiling. “During mishaps, if the victim is admitted to a hospital which is not covered by the scheme, still he/she can avail the benefits,” the statement said.

The scheme would cover government employees, public sector employees, staff members of boards, university employees and their family members for the next four years, it added.  While each employee has to pay Rs 180 per year as premium, the government would pay its share of Rs 17.90 crore to the insurance company.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated teachers’ quarters built at the cost of Rs 3 crore at Abhishekapuram in Tiruchy district through video conferencing and laid foundation stone for various projects of the School Education Department valued at nearly Rs 35 crore. Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Germany Dr. Martin Ney called on the Chief Minister at the Secretariat and appreciated the government’s measures on the war footing during the floods in Chennai in December last year.