Online financial fraud over medical help: Shailaja seeks action, sends letter to CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Following reports that a group that swindles cash received by seeking financial help for medical treatment online was functioning in Kerala, Health Minister K K Shailaja on Friday sent a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Shailaja requested the CM to probe the incidents and take action against the culprits. “The fraudulence behind seeking help using social media must be revealed. Officials concerned have been directed to take stringent action against such persons,” she added.
The government introduced ‘We Care’ project to help those suffering from critical ailments and those in need of financial assistance for medical care. Large number of underprivileged people have been receiving help through We Care project which makes use of governmental assistance along with help from the public. A lot of people are willing to help the poor, We Care will help provide their donations to the needy, the minister clarified.
We Care project of the Kerala Social Security Mission is transparent. The project accepts donations. It checks applications seeking financial assistance, following which the medical board examines the patient’s condition. The financial condition of the patient is also checked before treatment is provided to the needy.
We Care has an FCRI registered bank account to which even NRIs can make donations. The donations will benefit from available tax exceptions. Donations can also be made through the online payment gateway of Social Security Mission (http://www.socialsecuritymission.gov.in/).