Consultation on RSBY

Consultation on RSBY poster

21 April 2011

PACS held a half day consultation on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) in Bhubaneswar, Orissa in collaboration with Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India and Govt. of Orissa on 20 April 2011.

Mr. Anil Swarup, IAS, Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India was the key speaker for the consultation. Other speakers included Dr. Alekh Chandra Padhiary, Labour Commissioner, Government of Orissa, Mr. N. K. Samantaray, Dy. Labour Commissioner, IAS, Government of Orissa.

The main objectives of the consultation were:

  1. Better understanding of RSBY and its implementation. 
  2. Sharing of experiences and innovative practices in the implementation and accessing of RSBY.
  3. Understand the perspective of civil society on RSBY implementation, critical gaps, and expectations from government.
  4. Ways forward for strengthening RSBY initiatives and interventions in Orissa.

In his key-note address Mr. Anil Swarup said that Rastrya Swasth Bima Yojana (RSBY) initiated in 2008 and aimed at making a paperless and effective health insurance policy for the illiterate and poor. The scheme so far has been unable to fully achieve this challenging task. In India a total of three crore people hold the RSBY card and only 16-17 lakh people have received the benefit during their hospitalisation.

He also put across some of the key challenges of the scheme:

  1. Lack of accurate and adequate information regarding the scheme.
  2. Capacity development of service providers needs to be emphasised.
  3. Quality of service need to be monitored as it is inadequate at this point.

Mr. Swarup reiterated the government's willingness to remove these barriers and seeks civil society support to strengthen it further. He agreeably said that RSBY needs lot of further improvement and this can be done through continuous discussion, and a process of interaction with civil society and other stakeholders.

Mr. N.K. Samantaray Dy. Labour Commissioner updated the status of RSBY in four districts of Orissa: Nuapada, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Puri.

The consultation was attended by 75 participants from the civil society, academician, government and the corporate financial sector.


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