Ludhiana, September 18, 2015: Hailing as a welcome step the decision of the Punjab Cabinet to introduce a cashless health insurance scheme for Punjab Government employees and pensioners in place of existing policy of reimbursement of medical expenses, Sh. S P Karkara, IAS (Retd.), President of Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations Punjab said here today that this will provide much needed relief to Punjab Government pensioners, most of whom are senior citizens being above the age of sixty years. Under the existing system not only a pensioner has to complete cumbersome formalities; he has to wait for months for reimbursement which is much less than his actual expenses. He cited a case in which in a case of reimbursement submitted in the office of Civil Surgeon Ludhiana in December, 2014 and sent to Director Health Services, Punjab, even after lapse of more than nine months, the pensioner concerned has not been able to know even the whereabouts of the case in spite of numerous visits to the office of the Civil Surgeon and calls to the office of Director Health Services. Sh. Karkara appealed to Punjab Govt. to notify new scheme as soon as possible and to clear all pending reimbursement cases at the earliest to save senior citizen pensioners, many in their seventies and eighties, from such agonizing wait and harassment.
Sh. Karkara also welcomed Punjab Cabinet decision to extend the benefit of Bhagat Puran Singh Beema Yojana to blue card holder families. This according to him will be a boon to blue card families with elderly members as many of them are not in a position to afford costly treatment.
Friday, September 18, 2015