HC issues notice in petition challenging Govt order

A petition filed by Gulbadin Ahmad Mir seeking quashing of impugned scheme alongwith Govt Order no: 406-FD of 2018 dated 20.09.2018 came up for hearing before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court here today.
According to the impugned order, sanction was accorded to the implementation of the Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all State Government Employees including Employees of PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies/ Universities on mandatory basis; and, Pensioners, AIS Officers, Adhoc, Contractual, DRWs, Work charged/Contingent paid workers and their dependent family members on optional basis w.e.f. 1.10.2018, for a period of one year and extendable annually for three years based on satisfactory performance of the Insurer, the policy being tied up with M/s Reliance General lnsurance Company Ltd on annual premium of ` Rs. 8777 and ` Rs. 22,229 (for employees and pensioners respectively). The said Policy will provide health insurance cov- erage upto ` 6.00 lakh per employee/pensioner per annum alongwith his/her five dependent family members on floater basis.
The High Court after hearing counsel for the petitioner issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Principal Finance Secy and Ors returnable within one week.
In the petition it has been submitted that the respondents introduced an insurance scheme known as “Chief Ministers Group Mediclaim Insurance policy for all Government Employees and Employees of PSUs/Autonomious Bodies/ LocalBodies/ Universities and pensioners” which has been made mandatory on state government employees and optional on All India Service employees/pensioners etc. therefore same is violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. Further it has been submitted that since most of the stake holders reside in the state of J&K and unfortunately there are only two hospitals (clinics in essence) empanelled at Srinagar and very few at Jammu, therefore it defeats the very purpose of the scheme. JNF