Mangalore, Sep 06, 2014: On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader has said that the health department is ready to extend ’Jyothi Sanjeevini’ healthcare scheme to the teachers of unaided government schools, if the primary and secondary education department comes up with a request. Jyothi Sanjeevini scheme has been introduced by the health department to offer cashless treatment to school teachers and Group D employees, in government and private hospitals.
The Minister launched Jyothi Sanjeevini scheme, as a gift to the teachers, at ‘Guru Vandana’ programme organised by the Department of Public Instructions and Mangalore South Education Block Teachers’ Day Committee at A B Shetty Hall on Friday. It was exactly a year ago at the Teachers’ Day programme, U T Khader had promised of introducing a healthcare scheme for the benefit of teachers.
After launching the programme, he said that the government had passed an order introducing the scheme on August 18. The scheme will cover 447 procedures related to tertiary ailments (cardiovascular, cancer, neurological, renal, burns, poly-trauma and neonatal). Health cards will be distributed to the beneficiaries by the departments concerned. Pointing at the confusions and delay in reimbursement of medical expenses to the teachers in the past, he said the problem will not recur in future with the introduction of the new scheme.
Jagadish Shetty representing Karnataka Primary School Teachers’ Association demanded the government to form a uniform education policy in the state and end the disorder. He also requested the health minister to take steps to allot the reimbursement amount towards medical expenses to teachers which have been delayed for years. In some instances, it has been over two years since the patient has died of illness, yet payment is not received by the heirs.