04 Jul Isaac guarantees treatment for indigent patients
Medical treatment will be provided to those having annual incomes below ₹3 lakh and have not enrolled in any insurance schemes at accredited hospitals, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said.
Replying to discussions on the Kerala Finance Bill, 2019 in the Assembly on Thursday, Dr. Isaac said the government would foot the bills for such patients and those suffering from haemophilia, cancer, and similar ailments not usually covered under any insurance schemes. He clarified that two health schemes, Ayushman Bharat and Karunya Benevolent Scheme, cannot be run simultaneously.
The total collectible tax from the State has been pegged at ₹4,000 crore. Though the arrears were pegged at ₹13,000 crore earlier, a realistic assessment has found that only ₹4,000 crore could be collected. The majority of the cases has become outdated and could not be processed. Hence the decision, he said.
An amnesty scheme has been announced and revenue recovery would be strengthened to recover the arrears. District Collectors have been directed to tone up the measures for tax collection. Additional resource mobilisation plans are on the anvil, he said.
The State is in the path of fiscal consolidation and the current accent is to bring down the revenue deficit from 3% to 2.5%. Charges of the government acting in a partisan manner in apportioning schemes of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) are unfounded. Such discussions would send a wrong message about the investment milieu of the State.
The Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund had so far got ₹4,196 crore and it is being judiciously used for various relief and rehabilitation projects for flood victims, he said.