Health insurance scheme to be reintroduced

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A quarter of the 55 lakh acres distributed to various sections of people in the last 50 years was moved away from the original owners.

Hyderabad, Dec. 18

The Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to set up a cell under Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) to identify and take back all `assigned' lands from unauthorised people and redistribute those lands to the poor and needy.

Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister, has directed the District Collectors to set up cells at district level also and get a registry of assigned lands and see how much of it was in the hands of unauthorised people.

REVIEW MEETING

Chairing a review meeting of revenue department here, he said about a quarter of the 55 lakh acres distributed to various sections of people in the last 50 years was moved away from the original owners. "We need to identify such land and redistribute it to the poor," he said.

EMOTIVE ISSUE

The issue of assigned lands was a topic of hot discussion in the State after the Chief Minister announced that his family owned such land. He wrote a letter to the District Collector of Kadapa, asking him to take back the land.

HEALTH INSURANCE

In a separate review meeting, the Chief Minister has asked the Department of Health to launch the Universal Community Health Insurance Scheme for all the white-card holders from January 14.

The scheme would be introduced in three districts of Anantapur, Mahboobnagar and Srikakulam on a pilot basis. As many as 23.16 lakh people would be covered.

The Government would form a Trust, headed by a senior doctor to oversee the scheme. After reviewing the results, the scheme would later be expanded to other districts.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 19, 2006)
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