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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Chief Secretary (CS), Principal Finance Secretary and others returnable within a week, in a petition filed by Gulbadin Ahmad Mir seeking quashment of impugned scheme along with Government Order No.406-FD of 2018 dated September 20, 2018 whereby sanction is hereby accorded to the implementation of the Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all State government employees including employees of PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies/ Universities on mandatory basis; and pensioners, AIS Officers, Adhoc, Contractual, DRWs, work charged/contingent paid workers and their dependent family members on optional basis with effect from October 1, 2018, for a period of one year and extendable annually for three years based on satisfactory performance of the Insurer viz M/s Reliance General Insurance Company Limited on annual premium of Rs. 8,777 for employees and Rs. 22,229 for pensioners ensuring health insurance coverage upto Rs. 6.00 lakh per employee/pensioner per annum along with his/her five dependent family members on floater basis.
In the petition it has been submitted that the respondents introduced an insurance scheme known as ‘Chief Ministers Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all Government Employees and Employees of PSUs/Autonomous Bodies/ Local Bodies/ Universities and Pensioners’ which has been made mandatory on State government employees and optional on All India Service employees/pensioners, etc therefore same is violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. “Furthermore since most of the stakeholders reside in the State of J&K but unfortunately there are only two hospitals (clinics in essence) empanelled at Srinagar and very few at Jammu which defeats the purpose of the scheme”, the counsel for petitioner added.
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