‘Changes to ensure smooth claims processing will be implemented from July 1st’
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday urged officials to implement July 1 changes to the YSR-Bima program, where the government would provide direct financial assistance to the deceased’s relatives.
A sum of ₹ 1 lakh would be paid if the breadwinner of the family died of natural causes between the ages of 18 and 50 and ₹ 5 lakh if the beneficiary died in an accident between the ages of 18 and 70.
When reviewing the YSR-Bima program, the Chief Minister asked officials to revise the existing guidelines to make the claims settlement process simple and straightforward. He made it clear that the amount of compensation should be paid within one month of receipt of the application and ordered the appointment of a special envoy to oversee the implementation of the scheme.
In the event of the death of farmers, accidental deaths of fishermen or deaths of cattle, there should be no delays in the payment of the money, said Jagan Mohan Reddy and asked the district collectors to ensure that the claims are processed smoothly. The examination of the applications could be taken over by village and community secretaries, he added.
Officials said that around 1.4 million cardholders in the state are covered by the YSR-Bima program.
Although the central government, which had previously paid 50% of the premium amount, withdrew from the system, it said the state government continued to operate the insurance system by paying all of the premium amounts to financially secure families in need.
Citing delays in opening bank accounts, linking them to insurance and failure to settle claims and compensating affected families, they said that despite the full payment of the premium from the government, there were issues such as the failure of beneficiary accounts to admit open or link it to the insurance company, which makes applications pending in bank branches.
Once the administrative formalities have been completed, 45 days are considered lean time and the authorities will not pay any compensation if the breadwinner of the family dies during this time. Up to 12,039 people died within 45 days of applying for insurance, and the banks did not pay their families any compensation. But with the prime minister’s intervention, they were paid 254.72 billion yen on humanitarian grounds, they said.
To date, only 60 lakh accounts have been opened while 58 lakh applications have been pending in the state. Of the 6,173 applications received so far, only 2,839 beneficiaries have uploaded documents and 152 families have received the benefits.
Expressing satisfaction with the Treasury Department’s hard work to ensure the benefits of welfare systems reached those in need even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said the government left no margin for corruption and sent 95,000 crore via DBT I had spent a total of 1.35 lakh crore, including on welfare programs such as Aarogyasri, Sampoorna Poshana and poor housing.