Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2018

India Launches Ayoshman Bharat Healthcare; Five States Opted Out

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the so-called “game-changer initiative to serve the poor” named Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) Ayushman Bharat on Sunday, September 23, to aim providing coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually.

India Launches Ayoshman Bharat Healthcare; Five States Opted Out

However, five Indian states have opted out from the PMJAY scheme and those are Telangana, Punjab, Odisha, Kerala and Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the state has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for the scheme as it is a public relations exercise and going to prove to be another rhetoric.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener further added that the scheme is another white elephant in the making and to serve just six lakh families in Delhi out of fifty lakh. Elaborating further he said his Delhi model of healthcare is comparatively better.

Similarly Telangana too has opted to remain out of the scheme citing a state scheme is currently covering around 80 lakh families.

The Odisha government is following Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and claims it to be better than the PMJAY as it is covering an additional 50 lakh people and provides Rs 7 lakh to women.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government is concerned about the effective implementation of the scheme and so has opted out.

The Punjab government said a healthcare insurance already exists in the state and it is a 60:40 ratio funding by the Centre.

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