Odisha Planning Health Insurance Scheme For Drivers

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government is contemplating to introduce a new health insurance scheme for the drivers in the state.

The health insurance scheme would be named ‘Biju Gadi Chalak Bima Yojana’, said sources in the Commerce and Transports Department.

The health insurance scheme would cover death and medical treatment in the event of the road accident.

“The scheme is in the pipeline. No concrete decision has been taken so far. We have to work on several aspects including the premium,” said the sources.

Besides, there is the need to talk with the health insurance providing companies, sources added.

The drivers including those of trucks and auto rickshaws in the state would benefit from the scheme.

Notably, Odisha records around 1.97% in total accidents occurring in the country and 2.81% share in the total number of persons killed in these fatal incidents. The accident rate per 10,000 vehicles in the state is around 18.91% against the national average of 26.8%.