New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Wednesday, said that it is considering to widen the scope of medical treatment by providing a health insurance scheme to its 13 lakh employees.
The national transporter said in a statement that it was already providing its employees with medical health facilities and their family members through Railway Employees Liberalised Health Scheme and Central Government Health Services.
“Indian Railways is now proposing to widen the scope of medical treatment of railway employees,” it said
The statement also stated that a committee has been constituted to examine all aspects relating to a ”Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme’ for railway employees with a view to provide an insurance cover against financial risks during medical emergencies and otherwise.
“Indian Railways requested all general managers of zonal railways and production units for their views/suggestions on the aforesaid proposal,” it said.
Indian railways has a chain of 586 health units, 45 sub-divisional hospitals, eight production units hospitals and 16 zonal hospitals across the country with more than 2,500 posts of doctors and 35,000 pracademic staff.
Amidst the pandemic, the Railways dedicated more than 6,500 hospital beds, which is half the number of beds from its 125 hospitals, to COVID-19 patients all over the country.