Health Insurance smart cards found abandoned, probe ordered
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LUCKNOW: At least 224 smart cards of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) — the cashless health insurance scheme for the poor — has been found abandoned in two districts of UP in the past one month. The discovery of the cards has brought to the fore the loopholes in the scheme. The government ordered an inquiry in both the incidents earlier this week. Chief Executive Officer, RSBY (UP), Alok Kumar said: "We expect the inquiry report by next week."
The first incident came to light on May 23, when around 184 smart cards were found in a dry well near a temple in Ambedkarnagar's Bhiti block. The cards were discovered by the caretaker of the temple while cleaning the well, said Dr ST Husain, Additional Director, Health, Faizabad Division, who has also been appointed as the inquiry officer of the case. He said though the exact details of the cards are yet to be verified, the cards are of the year 2009 when ICICI Lombard was the insurance providers across the state. "As of now we only have the photocopies of the cards. By Monday, we will be able to verify the card details and check if the cards are original or fake or if they have been misused or not," he said.
Another such incident was reported in the first week of June when more than 40 smart cards were found by a village pradhan near Pandeypur area of Varanasi. The cards are of the year 2011 and were made by Oriental Insurance, which provided the insurance cover in Jaunpur and Varanasi in 2011. Though the cards expired on March 31, it is still to be seen if they were misused or not, said officers.
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