Shady insurance scheme

Shady insurance scheme
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Governor Satya Pal Malik has taken a bold step by scrapping the “shady” health insurance scheme which was rolled out for the government employees and others.
The government has decided that the director of newly-established Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) would “personally look into the matter, than entrust it to someone else.”
The contract for the group insurance was bagged by the Reliance General Insurance Company. However, Governor Malik cancelled the contract saying it was “full of fraud” and its implementation “erroneous.”
Soon after the Jammu and Kashmir Government rolled out the insurance scheme, the premium for the insurance scheme was deducted from the salaries of the employees. After the cancellation of the contract employees from whose accounts premiums have been deducted are asking would the money which they have paid be refunded?
It has come to fore that the particular insurance company was awarded the contract through the “back channel” and the norms were violated to favour the RGIC.
The newly constituted Anti Corruption Bureau has been asked to carry out the preliminary investigations. There is every possibility about heads getting rolled as no lower or middle rung officer can award such a big contract without the consent of his seniors.
Since the day sanction was accorded to implement the insurance scheme by the government, doubts were expressed in various quarters, including a cross-section of the society and the media, about the credibility of the process.
Now it remains to be seen whether the Governor’s administration would make the names of the officials, who helped the RGIC to bag the contract public, or the matter would be pushed under the carpet. The Governor Malik has taken the initiative and he has to ensure that people responsible for the “scam” are punished.