Consultation on RSBY

RSBY consultation in Jharkhand Nov 2011

25 November 2011

PACS State Consultation Series

PACS Programme held a multi-stakeholder consultation on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) at Capitol Hill, Ranchi. The state-level consultation was attended by more than 130 representatives from various government departments, civil society organisations (CSOs), multilateral organisations, media and academia across the state.

Objectives of the consultation

  1. Understand the perspective of government on RSBY implementation and the expectations from civil society.
  2. Learn about the key challenges faced by socially excluded groups in accessing RSBY in Jharkhand.
  3. Understand the perspective of civil society on RSBY implementation, critical gaps, and expectations from government.
  4. Facilitate sharing of varied experiences and practices in implementation of RSBY.
  5. Way forward for strengthening RSBY initiatives in Jharkhand.

Inauguration session

The inauguration session included a key note address by Mr Vishnu Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Labour and Employment, Government of Jharkhand. Followed by panelists:

  • Dr Nishant Jain, Advisor, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India
  • Ms Aradhana Patnaik, IAS, Labour Commissioner, Department of Labour and Employment, Mission Director NRHM, Government of Jharkhand
  • Mr Balram, State Advisor, Commissioner of Supreme Court - Right to Food
  • and Mr Rajan Khosla, Director of the PACS Programme.

Keynote address and panel discussion

In his keynote address, Mr Vishnu Kumar said: 'RSBY is a very promising schemes that caters to the larger needs of the community for ensuring health security. Though, as of now the enrollment rates in the state are not so encouraging, state also looks upon to the civil society organisations to play a greater role in mobilising the communities to avail the benefits under the RSBY scheme.'

Dr Nishant Jain gave a detailed presentation on RSBY elaborating the key provisions and the mechanism of its functioning. Dr. Jain said: 'only designing and implementing a scheme is not enough, if it does not actually benefits the community it is designed for. RSBY should reach out to the last and the most needed communities and to do so, RSBY should be implemented in the right spirit with public private partnership mode.'

During her brief presentation Ms Aradhana Patnaik categorically mentioned the state's expectation form the civil society organisations in the better and effective implementation of RSBY in Jharkhand. She said: 'it is the right time to organise a state level consultation on RSBY by PACS as the government is keen on delivering the benefits of RSBY to as many households as possible.'

She further highlighted the need of working together with non government actors and civil society organisations not only in the enrollment phase but in the pre and post enrollment phase also.

Mr Rajan Khosla, Director PACS programme said: 'PACS adapts a two pronged approach of working on the demand side on one hand through strengthening the demand side by working with grass root interventions through CSOs and with the supply side by engaging with service providers and wider civil society and people’s representatives through advocacy efforts such as these '.

He appreciated the discussions and emphasized on the need to work together with equal partnership spirit.

Second panel discussion

The second panel discussion included Mr A. K. Sinha, IFS Additional Commissioner, MGNREGA, Government of Jharkhand and representatives from the civil society, and Ms Urmi Ray and Mr. Gurjeet Singh, Member Panchayat Samiti.

Mr Gurjeet, a Panchayat samiti member, said: 'the role of the CSOs should be beyond awareness generation. CSOs should work simultaneously towards policy change and community monitoring at different levels..

He also added that the quality services under RSBY should be checked and ensured and it should not remain for the sake of enrollment.

In concluding the consultation, Mr Johnson Topno, state manager, Jharkhand, said: 'the success of any programme lies in collective thinking and visioning. The joint initiative by government and PACS would bring about meaningful engagement with civil society organisation for reaching the unreached in coming years gradually and support the effective delivery system through community monitoring.'
 

For more information please contact Mr Johnson Topno, state manager, Jharkhand: johnson@pacsindia.org.

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