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Parliament committee approves increased health benefits for ministers

Farah Ahmed
29 April 2018, MVT 08:16
President Abdulla Yameen's cabinet ministers at an event --- MIHAARU PHOTO / HUSSEN WAHEED
Farah Ahmed
29 April 2018, MVT 08:16

The state allocated funds for the health insurance of government ministers have been increased and approved by the parliament’s Public Finance Committee Saturday.

The state had previously allotted MVR 19,000 per annum for the health insurance scheme of the ruling administration’s ministers and their immediate families.

Parliament’s Public Finance Committee approved to up it to MVR 24,000 per year, after a formal request was submitted to the parliament by President Abdulla Yameen.

The committee report stated that Allied Insurance Company had initially offered a special deal on its premium health plan to the government ministers. However, since the company could no longer continue to offer the same benefits under the initial price, the committee had decided to increase the funds allocated for each ministers’ health insurance plan to MVR 24,000 per year.

The committee had also decided to extend the health insurance scheme to include the members of the National Integrity Commission (NIC) and their immediate families.

The parliament had previously decided not to include members of NIC in the state-funded health insurance schemes. However, the Public Finance Committee had decided that they were also entitled to the same benefits as members of other independent institutions.

The committee’s decision to include NIC in the health insurance scheme will be voted in the parliament Sunday.

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