Maha govt launches road accident insurance scheme named after Balasaheb Thackerey

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A new road accident insurance scheme was launched by the Maharashtra government led by Uddhav Thackerey. The scheme is named after late Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackerey.

The new scheme, named Balasaheb Thackerey Accidental Insurance Scheme, will provide treatment to the accident victim in the nearest hospital. The treatment will be provided to the victim, in the first 72 hours of the incident, in which treatment up to Rs 30,000 will be provided free of cost, for a total of 74 procedures. It also involves the treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, wards and meals in the hospital.

The scheme also mentions that the victim from any state or country can avail the scheme, if they meet with a road accident in the state of Maharashtra.

According to the officials, the scheme will cost around Rs 120 crore, it will be provided by the Health Department to the government body that is supposed to implement the scheme, named State Health Assurance Society. 

The scheme, however, will not cover industrial accidents, railway accidents and mishaps at home or at working place. The govt has also launched a toll free helpline number to register complaints regarding the scheme.

The sources informed The Indian Express that the scheme was previously proposed by the Devendra Fadnavis government in 2016 to which the State Cabinet had also given its thumbs up. Later, it was pulled back due to the launch of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana launched by the Modi-led central government

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