The Greater Chennai Corporation has identified more than 3.62 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families that would be eligible for the special health insurance scheme that is to be introduced by the State government.
During the identification survey, the civic body collected details of the families and uploaded them to a dedicated website. Of the 3.62 lakh families surveyed, the details of 1.08 lakh families have been uploaded so far.
The civic body had instructed sanitary inspectors across all the divisions to conduct the drive to enrol all deserving BPL families. The new insurance scheme would provide additional coverage beyond the diseases and ailments covered in the present insurance schemes provided by the government.
According to the data collected so far, of the 3.96 lakh BPL families, 1.52 lakh families are living in the central region, which is the highest. Around 1.34 lakh families are from north region, while the south region has 1.08 lakh families.
Among the zones, Tondiarpet zone (north region) has the highest number with 50,138 families. Thiru Vi Ka Nagar zone that abuts Tondiarpet has 44,976 BPL families. With only 11,077 such families, Manali zone has the lowest number of BPL families in the city.