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People working with cable operators to come under purview of Swasthya Sathi

Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government will incorporate people working with cable television operators under its ongoing Swasthya Sathi Scheme.
At the same time, they would also get themselves enrolled under the Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY) implemented by the state Labour department.
While addressing the gathering of both multiple-system operators and local cable operators from different parts of the state, Banerjee said that the workers involved in the sector will be getting the benefits of Swasthya Sathi Project, which is already ongoing.
It may be mentioned that the state government has brought more than 3 crore people under the Swasthya Sathi Scheme. There are around 25,000 local cable operators in the state and the people working with them will be getting the benefits of Swasthya Sathi.
The Chief Minister had launched the scheme on December 30 in 2016 and civic police volunteers, disaster management workers, ASHA workers, self-help groups, home guards, ICDS workers and other contractual workers get a basic health coverage of Rs 1.5 lakh per year under the scheme.
In case a person suffers from diseases like cancer, liver disease, blood disorder or need to undergo neuro surgery or cardio thoracic surgeries then the coverage will go up to Rs 5 lakh.
Later, the Chief Minister had also decided to extend the benefits of the scheme to retired sports personalities and technicians from the film and television industry.
Apart from the Swasthya Sathi scheme, people involved with the cable operators can also get enrolled under the Samajik Suraksha Yojana. A beneficiary has to give Rs 25 and the state government gives Rs 30 and the person gets Rs 2 lakh after the age of 60 years and a pension of Rs 1,500 per month.
There are several other benefits under the scheme as well. One will also get Rs 25,000, once his or her daughter graduates from an educational institution.
In the same breath, she assured the cable television operators that they can continue working without any trouble in Bengal. "I don't know about the entire country, but you all can work in peace in Bengal," she said.

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