Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council members launching Parichay Card in Kolkata on Friday.
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Kolkata: Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), the apex industrial body for the sector in India, on Friday launched a welfare scheme to provide social security and health insurance coverage for jewelry craftsmen.

Named Swasthya Ratna, under the initiative a craftsman may avail Rs 1-lakh health insurance coverage for himself/herself and family by paying only 25 per cent of the premium.

The remaining 75 per cent will be paid from Swasthya Kosh, a special fund that GJEPC has created.

According to Prakash Chandra Pincha, the regional chairman of GJEPC, the premium for the policy is capped at Rs 1400 for individual coverage and Rs 2,200 for family-coverage.

“But a craftsman availing this will be required to pay a discounted premium of Rs 350 or Rs 550 depending on the coverage scheme he/she is opting for,” he said.

To map up the funds required for subsiding the insurance scheme for the craftsmen, GJEPC has tied up with the Gem and Jewellery National Relief Foundation, wherein the industrialists making donations will get tax benefit under section 80G.

Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman GJEPC), said that the health insurance scheme will be routed through Parichay Card, a smartcard styled identity documents that the organisation will issue to the craftsmen.

“This card will not only give the workers a valid proof of employment and identity but will also make them eligible for various welfare initiatives,” Agrawal said.