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It is shared that Mamta Banerjee who initially denied to adopt Ayushman Bharat scheme, will now merge it with the state government’s  ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme in West Bengal.

Sources informed that only one medical insurance scheme under the name of Swasthya Sathi would be available for state people.

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The decision was made after signing an internal amendment on the finance part, the centre and state would bear the cost for common beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat and Swasthya Sathi under the merged scheme in a ratio of 60:40.

Swasthya Sathi scheme is a health scheme launched by Mamta which offers health protection to informal contractual workers in government departments and people belonging to the deprivation index. It even aims to provide health coverage to extended family members of the beneficiary.

The state health cover scheme had 47 lakh beneficiaries and around 1.50 crore families had applied for Ayushman Bharat Scheme. The merger would now cover around 6 crore individuals and people who applied both state and central schemes, the cost would be shared by both state and centre.

Initially, the West Bengal government had denied to adopt the Ayushman Bharat scheme and quoted it as “waste” of the state’s hard-earned resources. Later in July, it joined the scheme under ‘Ayushman Bharat-Swasthya Sathi’ and merged both schemes.

Ayushman Bharat Yojana or National Health Protection Scheme is a flagship scheme launched by Prime Minister Modi to provide a service to create a healthy, capable and content new India.

The health scheme is referred to as the biggest health drive in the world and would benefit large scale of mass. It basically holds two goals, First to develop a network of health and wellness infrastructure across the nation so that there should be the proper delivery of primary healthcare services. The second goal is to facilitate health insurance coverage minimum 40 per cent of India’s population which is not accessible to secondary and tertiary care services.

The government has appointed Indu Bhushan as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Dr Dinesh Arora as deputy CEO of Ayushman Bharat health scheme.

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