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Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY)

Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana

Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY)

The Government of India had launched the Bunkar Bima Yojana for Handloom Weavers to provide insurance cover by associating with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Under this scheme, the government provides insurances that apply to all community weavers in the case of natural death, accidental death as well as partial and permanent disability due to an accident. The concerned handloom authority in the state will finalise the insurance coverage, as the Life Insurance Corporation of India administers the scheme. In this article, we look at the Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY) in detail.

To know about Co-operative Handloom Weavers Family Pension

Eligibility Criteria

For those who need to be insured under this scheme, has to satisfy the below-following conditions to avail the benefits of the Scheme.

  • The weaver’s income must earn at least 50% of his income from handloom weaving.
  • All weavers must be between 18 to 59 years of age which includes minorities, women weavers and weavers belonging to North East Region are eligible to apply for this insurance scheme.
  • The scheme is applicable to the weavers those who are belonging to the State Handloom Development Corporations/Apex/Primary Handloom Weavers and Cooperative Societies will be covered under the Scheme. Outside co-operative weavers are also covered under the scheme when they provide an eligibility certificate from the State Directorate of Handlooms.
  • The State Director in charge of Handlooms is responsible for checking the eligibility of the weavers who are intended to be covered under this scheme.
  • The concerned State Director and LIC are responsible to ensure that the women weavers belonging to minorities and weavers of the NER States that includes the states like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim are given adequate representation while implementing the scheme.

Features of the Insurance Coverage

Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana is to provide insurance coverage to handloom weavers as follows.

  • In the event of natural death of the member, a Sum Assured of Rs.60,000 will become payable to the nominee.
  • In the cause of Accidental Death or Total Permanent Disability, a Sum Assured of Rs. 1,50,000/- will become payable to the nominee. In case of Partial Disability, a Sum Assured of Rs. 75,000/-

Additional Benefits

  1. This scheme also provides scholarship to the children whose family covered under “Shiksha Sahyog Yojana”. A scholarship given per child is of amount Rs. 300/- per quarter is to be paid to IX to XII students over a period of 4 years or till they complete XII standard, whichever event occurs earlier.
  2. Once a person is admitted as a member under Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana, further proof of income is not necessary at the time of selection of beneficiary under the scheme.
  3. No premium is charged either to the parent of the scholarship holder or to the nodal agency.

Premium Insurance Coverage

The annual premium of Rs. 470/- per applicant will be shared as follows:

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1. GOI contribution Rs. 290/-
2. Weavers’ contribution Rs. 80/-
3. LIC’s contribution Rs. 100/-
Total Premium Rs. 470/-

Claim Procedure of MGBBY

The beneficiary of the deceased person will have to follow the below-given procedure:

Step 1: The beneficiary will have to furnish the original death certificate of the deceased person to the nodal agency.

Step 2: The agency will proceed further to forward the documents along with the claim records/papers to LIC as the branch which has originally finalised the insurance cover.

Step 3: The Life Insurance Corporation will settle all the claims by sending account Payee Cheque directly to the beneficiary. This intimation has to be furnished to the concerned State Government and the Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms.

Step 4: In the event of an accident claim, the police inquiry report will also be required to be submitted.

Verification Process

The director in charge of Handlooms in the state will be taking care of the verification process of the weavers.

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