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Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF) aids for 13 beneficiaries

IMPHAL, Jun 16: For the first time after the launch of the scheme, 13 patients belonging to BPL families in Manipur are set to receive monetary assistance as one time grant of Rs 1 lakh under the Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund of Health Department, Government of Manipur.

Disclosing this to The Sangai Express during an interaction in his office chamber today, Director of Medical & Health Department Dr S Ibomcha said that acting on the guidelines given by the Government of India, the Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund had been formally launched by Health Minister L Jayan-takumar on February 21 last and  the Health Department started issuing of the application forms from the following day.

The Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund has been launched with the objective of helping poor patients coming from BLP families in meeting their medical expenses. The assistance would be provided in the form of one time grant.

From around 100 application forms received, the Department has identified 13 patients, including two from Churachandpur district, one each from Thoubal Haokha and Thoubal San-gaithel, three from Bish- nupur district and the rest from other districts, for extending the benefit. Medical cases of the selected patients range from kidney transplant to anti-cancer Chemotherapy to gall bladder operations.

The selection have been made on the basis of the medical records of the patients, the Director explained, adding that many of the application forms have to be rejected as the medical reports submitted were of earlier dates, prior to the launch of the scheme.

A committee headed by Chief Secretary DS Poonia and Joint Secretary Athem Muivah as chairman and member respectively would first conduct a proper assessment and checking before issuing  a cheque of Rs 1 lakhs to each of the selected 13 patients, Dr Ibomcha informed.

Dr Ibomcha further disclosed that the scheme has been launched after the Government of Manipur sanctioned an amount of Rs 4 crores for the purpose. In addition to this, a sum of Rs 2 lakhs is  supposed to be provided from the side of the Govt of India. However, the amount has not yet been released so far. It is said that the application forms for availing the benefit under the Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund could be held not only from the office of the Directorate of Health Services located at Lamphelpat, but also from JNIMS, RIMS, all District Hospitals, CHCs and PHCs located in different parts of the State.

Sources:- The Sangai Express

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FUND INVOLVEMENT: Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF)

Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF)

FUND INVOLVEMENT

The Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF), which is managed by an autonomous Society known as Manipur State Arogya Nidhi (MSAN), derives its revolving fund from three sources. These sources are as follows:-

  • Grants from the Government of Manipur;
  • Grants from the Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family

Welfare; and,

  • Grants/donations from philanthropic individuals, organizations and

other voluntary donors to pledge support and contribute to the funds of

the Society in cash or kind. All contributions thus made to this fund

shall be exempted from payment of income tax under Section 80-C of

Income Tax Act, 1961 as is the case for Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN).

The Manipur State Exchequer has to contribute annually to SAN/MSIAF in the form of Non-Plan expenditure as is done for RAN. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, will release Grant-in-Aid annually to the extent of 50% of the contributions made by the State subject to a maximum of Rs 200.00 lakhs in case of Manipur. This dictates that to get the maximum GIA from the Centre, the State Exchequer has to contribute Rs 400.00 lakhs annually as Non-Plan expenditure towards MSAN/MSIAF.

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Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF)

INTRODUCTION

Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund (MSIAF) is a fund, which provides financial assistance to the poor patients who are suffering from life threatening disorders & diseases, for treatment in Government Hospitals of Manipur. The Fund is proposed to be a significant step for bridging the gap and reach of economically backward section of society to quality healthcare. The fund is managed by an autonomous Society known as Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund Society. The Society is registered under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989 (Manipur Act 1 of 1990).

MSIAF has been set up by suitably modifying the guidelines of the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) scheme managed under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare according to local needs and conditions. MSIAF would essentially provide financial assistance to patients living below the poverty line (BPL) to receive medical treatment at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, at present. The financial assistance to such patients would be released in the form of a “one-time grant”, which shall be released to the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital in which the treatment is being received.

The MSAN/MSIAF is governed by a Memorandum of Association and related Articles of Association.