Karunya Benevolent Fund scheme discontinued: Finance Minister Thomas Issac

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Karunya Benevolent Fund scheme discontinued: Finance Minister Thomas Issac

Finance Minister Thomas Issac said that the Karunya Benevolent Fund scheme that provides financial aid for poor people suffering from serious ailment by raising funds through  Kerala lottery, will be discontinued. He said that both Karunya scheme and the health insurance scheme cannot be implemeted together. For three months, both were executed simultaneously but there was no benefit. Those who ate not included in the insurance scheme will be given treatment at government hospitals. An order in this regard will be issued soon, he added.

Karunya Benevolent Fund scheme ended on June 30. Following this, complaints were raised that many were denied help for treatment. The minister was responding to these allegations.

Opposition had demanded to continue with the scheme. But Minister was responding to these allegations.

Opposition had demanded to continue with the scheme. But minister has clarified that the scheme can't be continued.

From April 1st the new health insurance scheme by state government has been implemented. For three months, both were executed but without any benefit for anyone, minister said.

A new order mentioning the substitue measures tp resolve the shortcomings while implementing the new system will be issued on Tuesday. The order will be issued by health department with the approval of finance department.

With this, those who do not come under the insurance scheme of the state government and falls below the income limit of 3 lakhs and donot have any other insurance cover will be provided treatment under the alternative system.