NAC discusses Universal Health Coverage, Social Security for Unorganized Workers

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 22, 2012

The National Advisory Council (NAC), headed by ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, met here yesterday and discussed the possibility of providing universal health coverage in the country.
K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India and Chairman of the High Level Expert Group constituted by the Planning Commission on Universal Health Coverage for India, made a presentation on the salient features of the report to the members of the NAC.
NAC members Mirai Chatterjee and A K Shivakumar, who are conveners of its Working Group on Social Security for Unorganized Workers presented the draft recommendations of the group to make the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 as inclusive as possible with a comprehensive social security package, that includes Health Insurance, Maternity Assistance, Lifecum-Disability insurance scheme and pension plan to be provided through a single window backed by a common ICT architecture.   
The Council deliberated on the proposals. The conveners will finalize the proposal after incorporating various suggestions/comments received from Ministries as well as public, a press release from the NAC said.
Other NAC members who attended yesterday's meeting were M. S. Swaminathan, Anu Aga, 
Madhav Gadgil, N. C. Saxena, Mirai Chatterjee, Farah Naqvi, Harsh Mander, Deep Joshi and  Pramod Tandon. The next meeting of the council is scheduled for April 20.