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Insurance Companies employees union approaches Delhi HC against medical premium hike

ANI | Updated: Mar 30, 2021 20:53 IST

New Delhi [India], March 30 (ANI): A union of four insurance companies on Tuesday challenged a circular issued by the General Insurance Public Sector Association (GIPSA), stating that if the increased premium rate for medical policy for employees of the petitioner is not stayed then they have to pay a very huge amount for the mediclaim policy.
The petition stated that GIPSA has illegally and arbitrarily increased the existing premium by 47.75 per cent of the existing mediclaim premium.
It stated that the increase by 47.75 per cent in the premium is not only illegal and arbitrary but it is also discriminatory as the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has not increased any percentage in the premium in respect of their employees and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has maintained the existing the rate of premium without any change.
The petition filed through Advocate Mahesh Srivastava stated that the service conditions of the employees of four public sector insurance companies are similar to the service condition of the employees LIC, therefore, GIPSA cannot formulate a policy that opposes the public policy.
Bhartiya Bima Mahasangh, an employee union of insurance companies involving National Insurance, New India Insurance, Oriental Insurance, United India Insurance, has knocked the doors of the Delhi High Court stating that charging the premium for providing mediclaim policy by four public sector insurance companies which are almost double of what is charged by LIC is violative of Section 14 of the Constitution of India.

The plea states that protecting the health of the employees is one of the basic conditions of the service and that cannot be obliterated in any manner and if the increased premium rate for medical policy for the employees of the petitioner is not stayed then they have to pay a very huge amount for the mediclaim policy.
The plea further states that the amount of the premium in these circumstances may be accepted in quarterly or monthly installment, so that the retired employees who are were not able to afford and to pay the premium in one installment, they may not be deprived of the benefits under the health scheme adopted by Insurance companies.
The petition is scheduled to be heard on April 5, 2021.
The plea added that the petitioner association has sent various representations to the respondents for revoking of the said circular but the concerned respondent has not taken any decision in this regard.
The plea also added that these public sector insurance companies have provided the medical facilities to their working employees as well as retired employees on the basis of their entitlement with an option to the employees to take a package beyond their entitlement by paying the amount over and above the premium fixed for the same.
And these Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) provide pre and post Hospitalisation for their employees and their dependents by arranging a Staff Group Mediclaim Policy with one of the four PSU General Insurance Companies. (ANI)