August 16, 2007

PM promises old age pension, health insurance

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday promised that his government would provide an old age pension to all citizens above the age of 65 years and living below the poverty line.

Speaking at the Red Fort on India's 60th independence day, he also pledged to provide life and disability cover to the heads of all poor families or to one earning member in each family "so that they and their families can get over the consequences of injury or death.

"We are also working on a health insurance model so that our people do not have to bear the high cost of medical care. These programmes will be launched shortly."

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