YESHASWINI SCHEME TO BE REVIVED IN THE STATE
Context: The chief minister recently announced that the Yeshasvini scheme would be brought back in the state for the benefit of patients.
YESHASVINI CO-OPERATIVE FARMERS HEALTH CARE SCHEME
- Yeshasvini is a unique Cooperative Health Care Scheme is meant for farmers who are members of the Cooperative Societies
- This scheme targets informal workers in the lower-middle income and middle-income groups.
- In other words, any peasant in Karnataka can have, provided he or she is a member of any cooperative society.
GENESIS OF THE SCHEME:
- The former chief minister of Karnataka S.M. Krishna formally launched the Yeshasvini Co-operative Farmers Health Care Scheme on November 14th, 2002.
- The Yeshasvini Health Care Scheme became operational in 2013 and available to co-operative farmers via network hospitals spread across the state of Karnataka.
Yeshasvini Cooperative Farmers Health Care Trust
- Yeshasvini Cooperative Farmers Health Care Trustwas established to ensure efficient implementation of the Yeshasvini Health Insurance Scheme.
- The chief patron of the Trust is the chief minister of Karnataka while the patron is the minister for cooperation.
- The state government makes contributions to the Trust
- The Yeshasvini Co-operative Farmers Health Care Scheme is one of the biggest self-funded health care schemes in India.
- The Yeshasvini Co-operative Farmers Health Care Scheme is, therefore, a contributory scheme in that beneficiaries make small contributions (rate of annual contributions) annually to avail of the benefits under this scheme
OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME
- Its aim is to ensure good health for farmer cooperators of Karnataka.
- To bring health care of International Standards within the reach of every cooperative farmer of Karnataka.
The scheme was scrapped earlier to make way for various Health schemes such as the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana.