Extension of Coverage of “Swasthya Sathi” Scheme

Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch

No. 5594-F(P) Dated, the 6th day of September, 2017.


Sub: Extension of Coverage of “Swasthya Sathi” Scheme

The State Government has introduced “Swasthya Sathi”, a Comprehensive Group Health insurance scheme for different categories of volunteers/ workers vide Finance Department No. 1104-F(P) Dated 25th February 2016. The Scheme already covers ASHA Workers, ICDS Workers, ICDS Helpers, Home Guards/ NVF, Civic Police Volunteers, Civil Defence Volunteers, Village Police Volunteers at Gram Panchayats, Self Help Group members of WBSRLM, Self Help Group Members of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs Department, Disaster Management workers, contractual/ casual/ daily rated workers in various Departments, three-tier Panchayat Members and other contractual employees of Panchayat & Rural Development Department, and part-time lecturers and contractual staff of Colleges and Universities.

2. It has been under active consideration of the Government to expand the coverage of Swasthya Sathi to include other employees/ workers/ volunteers/ teachers engaged in government work. Accordingly, after careful consideration, the Governor is pleased hereby to decide that the following groups of employees/ workers/ volunteers/ teachers etc. as mentioned against the corresponding Administrative Department as in the table below be covered under “Swasthya Sathi” with immediate effect in addition to those already covered under the Scheme:-

DepartmentEmployees/ Workers/ Volunteers/ Teachers etc.
Higher Education/ School EducationPara Teachers
Siksha Bandhu
Special Educators
Contractual staff of Sarba Siksha Mission including Circle Level Resource Centre
Teachers and non-teaching employees of Primary and Secondary Schools
Panchayat & Rural DevelopmentSamprasarak/ Samprasarika of Shishu Shiksha Kendras
Samprasarak/ Samprasarika of Madhyamik Shiksha Kendras
Contractual Homeopathic Doctors/ Compounders at Gram Pamchayat level
Minority Affairs & Madrasah EducationSamprasarak/ Samprasarika of Madrasa Shiksha Kendras, Shishu Shiksha Kendras and Madhyamik Shiksha Kendras.
Teachers and non-teaching employees of recognised aided Madrasahs
Animal HusbandryPranibandhu
Fire & Emergency ServicesFire and Auxiliary Workers
Self-Help Group & Self EmploymentPrakalpa Sahayaks & Supervisors
Health and Family WelfareRogi Sahayaks
Auxiliary Nurse Midwife of National Health Mission
Other Contractual staff of National Rural Health Mission & National Urban Health Mission including ASHA supervisors and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram doctors
Contractual staff of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna & Swasthya Sathi
Contractual Staff of West Bengal Health & Family Welfare Samity
Contractual Homeopathic, Ayush and Unani Doctors and compounders at Gram Panchayat level
Urban Development & Municipal AffairsElected representatives of Municipalities
Employees of Development Authorities not covered under West Bengal Health Scheme
Employees of Urban Local Bodies not covered under West Bengal Health Scheme
Sanitary workers and workers engaged under West Bengal Urban Employment Scheme in Urban Local Bodies

3. Employees/ workers/ teachers who are in receipt of monthly medical allowance can opt for the Scheme by forgoing the monthly medical allowance.

4. It has also been decided that apart from contractual/ casual/ daily rated workers covered under No. 4570-F(P) dated 31.08.2016, all contractual/ casual/ daily rated employees engaged by any Department with specific approval of the Finance Department and drawing remuneration from the treasuries or from grant-in-aid shall also be eligible to be enrolled under Swasthya Sathi scheme.

Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal.

No. 5594-F dated 06.09.2017, Source

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