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Insurance scheme for the landless poor

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V.S. Achuthanandan says the first phase of the scheme will cover 1.35 lakh families.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to implement the Centrally-sponsored life insurance scheme for the landless poor (Aam Admi Bima Yojana) in the State.

Briefing presspersons on the decisions of the weekly Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said the first phase of the scheme would cover 1.35 lakh families. This would be extended to cover 10 lakh families in subsequent phases subject to Central clearance.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the accident insurance cover under the scheme (besides a life cover of Rs.30,000) would be a maximum of Rs.75,000. The Central and State governments would pay the premium of Rs.200 a family on an equal basis.

He announced that information technology divisions would be started in all government departments and agencies and public sector undertakings.

Assistance

The next of kin of James Augustine, headmaster of Valillapuzha Lower Primary School who died of injuries sustained in an attack on him while going to attend a cluster meeting at Keezhasseri Lower Primary School in Malappuram district, would be given Rs.5 lakh. Besides, a family member would be given a job in government service. In addition, assistance would be provided to the education of his children.

A sum of Rs.1 lakh would be provided to the family of Sinu who had died at Arattupuzha in an accident connected to sea erosion, the Chief Minister said.

Somnath’s expulsion

Mr. Achuthanandan said the decision to expel Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee from the CPI (M) was fully justified as Mr. Chatterjee had breached party discipline.

Though the party Central Committee and Polit Bureau had taken the decision earlier, it was announced only on Wednesday so as not to divert the attention of Parliament from the central issue of the debate on the confidence motion, Mr. Achuthanandan added.

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