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Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Nagaland

To,
Honourable Chief Minister of Nagaland, Kohima, Nagaland.
Subject: Delayed in issuing Work Order for Patient Home at Vellore CMC Hospital and Unproductive Usage of CMHIS Funds.
Respected Sir,
I am writing to express my concerns about two critical issues affecting the people of Nagaland: the delay in the construction of the patient home at Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore and the inefficiencies surrounding the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance
### Subject: Delayed Work Order for Patient Home at Vellore CMC Hospital and Unproductive Usage of CMHIS Funds
I hope this letter finds you in good health. I am writing to express my concerns about two critical issues affecting the people of Nagaland: the delay in the construction of the patient home at Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore and the inefficiencies surrounding the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS). Delayed Work Order for Patient Home at CMC Vellore. The Government of Nagaland sanctioned ?4 crores for the construction of a patient home at CMC Vellore. Despite this, there has been no progress in issuing the tender or work order for the project. This delay is causing significant distress to patients from Nagaland who seek treatment at CMC Vellore.
Many patients and their families struggle to find affordable accommodation, adding to their emotional and financial burdens during an already challenging time. CMC Vellore is a vital healthcare destination for the people of Nagaland, providing specialized treatments that are not available within the state. The establishment of a patient home would offer much-needed support and comfort to those undergoing treatment far from home.
Unproductive Usage of CMHIS Funds The Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS) was introduced to provide financial assistance to government employees, pensioners, and the general public for medical expenses. However, the implementation of CMHIS at CMC Vellore remains nonfunctional to date. This has resulted in considerable inconvenience for patients who are unable to access the promised benefits. Furthermore, since November 2022, deductions have been made from the salaries of government employees and pensioners for CMHIS, even for those who have not registered for the scheme. This practice is unjust and illegal. Deductions should only commence from the date of registration, ensuring that no one is unfairly charged for services they have not opted into. It is imperative that the funds deducted from unregistered individuals be refunded immediately.
Additionally, those who have not received medical reimbursement despite being treated at empaneled hospitals should be promptly compensated.
Summary of Requests 1. Expedite the tendering process and issue the work order for the patient home at CMC Vellore.
2. Ensure the CMHIS is fully functional at CMC Vellore as soon as possible.
3. Refund the deductions made from the salaries of government employees and pensioners who have not registered for CMHIS.
4. Compensate patients who have been treated at empaneled hospitals but have not received the due reimbursement under CMHIS.
Transparency and accountability in the utilization of public funds are crucial. The people of Nagaland deserve to know how their money is being spent, and it is the government’s duty to address these issues promptly and effectively.
Thank you for your attention to these urgent matters. I trust that you will take the necessary actions to alleviate the hardships faced by our people.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Bendang Imsong Social Activist, Mokokchung .No. 8787522684

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