The controversial Jammu and Kashmir Group Medical Insurance Policy for Government employees with Anil Ambani’s Reliance General Insurance has been scarapped by Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday.
“I have ordered termination of the Jammu and Kashmir Group Medical Insurance Policy of Government employees after going into roots of the case.Formal orders to this effect will be issued in the next two days,’ Malik told Zee News from the banks of Dal lake when asked by the interviewer about the Policy running into Rs 20,000 cr to Rs 25,000 cr.
Malik, who on September 20, 2018, had approved the deal chosing Reliance General Insurance for implementing the policy which is mandatory for all state government employees, said “the deal was full of frauds”, which has been established and officers involved identified.
“The amount was changed to suit the company. The tender was opened on holiday. I went to root of the case to find out which officers were involved…how much amount was involved. More employees were added to the policy to raise the amount,” the Governor said in a serious indictment of the Finance Department, which was responsible for implementation of the Policy.
The insurance scheme with Reliance General Insurance made mandatory for all state government employees. All employees of PSUs, autonomous bodies and universities of the state government were supposed to be covered in the scheme. The scheme was available at a premium of Rs 8,777 for employees and Rs 22,229 for pensioners. The scheme provided an insurance cover of Rs Rs 600,000 to individuals and family members on floater basis.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a jibe at Reliance General Insurance promoter Anil Ambani said it’s easy to land these contracts when “your BFF is the PM”. “Apparently, 400,000 JK Govt staff will also be arm-twisted into buying health insurance ONLY from your company!,” Gandhi had tweeted.