CMRF applications to be cleared online
HYDERABAD: The agony of waiting for clearance of applications seeking assistance from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) in case of medical emergencies is over.Leveraging the technological advancements to benefit the poor, the State Government has decided to accept applications for CMRF online and Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has asked the officials to set up an exclusive mechanism to monitor the applications received online.
The Government will verify the applications online and the Andhra Pradesh Technology Services will utilise the latest technologies enabling digital signature by the Chief Minister using the Blackberry.
The use of technology will help in checking the misuse of CMRF and also expedite clearance of the applications including payments to the hospitals. Once the credentials of the applicants are found true, the officials will give a go ahead to the hospitals concerned in less than six hours.
Rajasekhara Reddy, who reviewed the implementation of Rajiv Aarogyasri, wanted the officials to expedite sanctions for CMRF in case of emergencies.
The State Government is working out modalities to further strengthen the CMRF under which assistance has been provided to 86,000 applicants and over Rs 270 crore has been sanctioned in the past three-anda- half years as against Rs 35 crore released by the previous TD regime during its nineyear rule.
Sanctions are being made to all genuine applicants under the scheme cutting across regional, political and other considerations. This can be gauged from the sanctions that have been made to applications forwarded by the MLAs of different political parties.
While 5,294 applicants were recommended by the TRS involving an estimated Rs 14.65 crore and 3,964 by the TDP (Rs 12 crore). They are followed by 2,467 applications by CPM Rs 6.73 crore, 1,151 by CPI (Rs 3.2 crore), 1,689 by independents (Rs 4.98 crore) apart from individual representations by the poor and the needy.
He said that the feedback from various sources suggested that the hospitals were levying charges for treatment of different ailments without uniformity.
Stating that lack of uniformity on charging fee for treatment was not proper, he said the Government would not tolerate any misuse of the funds sanctioned under the CMRF. The hospitals enlisted under CMRF should follow the pattern of the fee prescribed by the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).
The Government has also decided to conduct a medical audit under the supervision of a high-level committee to plug such lapses.
A team headed by the Director of Medical Education will verify the genuineness of the applications by conducting random checks. The details provided by the applicants would be sent to the district collectors to avoid misuse of the scheme.