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Govt approves closure of insurance scheme for overseas Indian workers

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.

Govt approves closure of insurance scheme for overseas Indian workers
A scheme aimed at addressing social security issues of certain category of workers going abroad is set to be closed.

Now, the government will focus on the ongoing Pravasi Bharatiya Bima Yojna to provide insurance cover for such workers. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.

The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year. Closure of the scheme will, therefore, obviate the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.Sources said, there were a mere 1,073 subscribers and only 443 were active. But the running cost was Rs 3.9 crore.

Govt will focus on the Pravasi Bharatiya Bima Yojna which is mandatory and very popular among this category of workers. The subscription of Rs 375 for three years is said to affordable for the workers going abroad, they said.
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