Aluva, a small town in the south Indian state of Kerala, has introduced a unique insurance scheme with the support of a corporate sponsor to cover the student population to meet their medical needs…reports Asian Lite News
The scheme, brain-child of legislator Anwar Sadath, will provide healthcare insurance protection to over 20,000 students, belonging to underprivileged families in Aluva Assembly constituency. For a premium of Rs 100 (£1), a student will get healthcare assistance of Rs 50,000 a year. If the father, mother or guardian of the student dies during this period, Rs 25,000 will be deposited in the name of the student in the bank.
The scheme was launched at a ceremony held at St Mary’s School ground. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Municipal Chairman MT Jacob, District Collector Mr Rajamanikyam, popular film star Sai Pallavi, former chairman MO John besides several dignitaries were present.
The Chief Minister said the young MLA’s initiative is an example for others to follow. The scheme is first insurance scheme for students at this massive scale. Students from Class I to Class XII belonging to 64 government/aided schools in Aluva Assembly constituency have been included in the scheme. Public sector Oriental Insurance Company is giving coverage to the students and has given a slew of concessions for the scheme.
Dr KT Rabiullah, a successful businessman and philanthropist from the Gulf, is the key sponsor of the scheme entitled Anwar Sadath MLA’s Student Insurance Scheme.
“The insurance scheme will help thousands of students from Aluva in their needy hours,” Mr Sadath told Asian Lite News. “ “We have come to an agreement with 20 hospitals in Aluva constituency and several top hospitals in Kochi to provide treatment under the scheme. The premium amount of Rs 20 lakh for the scheme is sponsored by the Shifa Al-Jazeera Medical group in the Gulf.”