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Sponsoring bureaucrats' abroad treatment is wastage of public money in these difficult times
It refers to media-reports about Union government's decision to bear medical-expenses abroad together with air-fare of officers (with a family-member each) from Indian administrative Service (IAS), Indian police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFOS) even despite country facing acute fiscal crisis because of falling value of rupee.

Move comes at a time when austerity-drive continues for government-functioning. At a time when government is not in a position to provide proper medical facilities to common citizens even in India, such a discriminatory favour for just about 10000 government-officers out of lakhs of total government-employees in the country is not proper. Need was there rather to abolish such existing princely facility for those including in legislative-system.

Moreover, India has already become a medical-hub for foreigners with many foreigners coming to India for medical-treatment and post-medical resting because of India having quite cheaper such facilities as compared to foreign countries.

India now should be proud of having a number of super-specialty hospitals in public and private sectors where every type of medical-facility is available. People avail costly medical-facilities without paying any amount if they have cashless mediclaim policies.

Union government should instead insist government-employees and others on taking such mediclaim policies for their families where premium for these policies is exempted from Income-Tax.

Rather it should be made compulsory for all those getting medical-facilities at government-expense to take such mediclaim policies from public-sector insurance-companies to further save government-costs on expenses of medical-facilities. If deemed fit, a part of insurance-premium can be paid by the government.

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