A MoU regarding the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme in the capital city is yet to be signed by the Delhi government.
As per the news sources, a decision regarding the capital city to become a part of the health insurance scheme is pending and is yet to be made by the government. Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme has been launched by the NDA government in order to provide benefits and facilities to the 10 crore poor families across the country. The scheme will provide a health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to the beneficiaries of the ‘Modicare’ health scheme.
On the pending decision, the Director General Health Services Kirti Bhushan said that the draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was sent by the Health Ministry is in process as it is being examined by the government of the capital city.
“The central government is taking into account the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data of 2011 to ascertain the beneficiaries under the scheme. Going by that, in Delhi, only 30 lakh people can be covered under this data. This population is much less than the 1 crore and 80 lakh population,” he said.
Besides this, Kirti Bhushan added that on the parallel side Delhi government is also putting up the best possible efforts to come up with its own health insurance scheme. He also suggested that the Health Ministry should also involve National Food Security cardholders to the scheme as doing this will sum up the number of beneficiaries to over 1 crore.
“However, no final decision has been taken over the matter and we have not refused to be a part of it. The draft MoU sent by the Health Ministry is still being examined,” he said.
As revealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme will be launched on September 25 and will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families.