Healthcare scheme a jumla, Jaitley also admitted no allocation in Budget for it: Chidambaram

Chidambaram tweeted, "Yesterday, I had said that the new HEALTH CARE SCHEME is a jumla with no money provided in the budget. Today, FM has admitted that no money has been provided and he will 'raise money in the future'. Perfect jumla."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 2, 2018 5:32 pm
black money, black money news, income tax, income tax last date, black money arun jaitley, black money declaration, arun jaitley, income tax declaration, arun jaitley news, jaitley black money, india news, business news Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram (right) said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had admitted that no money has been provided for the health scheme. (PTI Photo/File)

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday termed the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), the showpiece of Union Budget 2018 presented yesterday, as yet another ‘jumla’ of the government given that was there was no allocation for the same. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his speech, described the scheme as the “world’s biggest government-funded public healthcare scheme”.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said, “Yesterday, I had said that the new HEALTH CARE SCHEME is a jumla with no money provided in the budget. Today, FM has admitted that no money has been provided and he will ‘raise money in the future’. Perfect jumla.”

He went on to add: “Scheme without money is like flying a kite without a string. The kite flyer will say that the kite is flying, but there will be no kite and nothing will be flying.”

Jaitley has announced that under the government’s massive healthcare scheme, insurance worth Rs 5 lakh will be provided to 10 crore poor families every year.

Breaking down the expenditure on the scheme, Chidambaram, told IANS: “The promise of Rs 5 lakh per family for secondary and tertiary healthcare is a big ‘jumla’. The target group is 10 crore families. Assuming each family will avail of Rs 50,000 – one tenth of Rs 5 lakh – the amount required per year will be Rs 5 lakh crore.”

The former finance minister said if the insurance companies foot the bill, the estimated premium at Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 per family will require an outgo from Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 1.5 lakh crore per year.

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  1. Mast Malang
    Feb 2, 2018 at 11:43 pm
    BJP means Bharatiya Jumla Party hence we are not surprised.
    1. Swati P
      Feb 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm
      Given the noise that is being made around how much of a boost the health sector has been given, one’s led into believing that there is a major increase in the Budget. On the contrary, the allocation for the Department of Health and Family Welfare for 2018-19 is Rs 52,800 crore, an increase of about 2.5 from the revised estimate for 2017-18 – Rs 51,550.85 crore. Therefore, in real terms and as a percentage of GDP, there is a decline in the health budget this year.
      1. Sanjeev Aggarwal
        Feb 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm
        Some very ambitious schemes have been announced – raising the question of where the resources are going to come from. The most discussed such scheme is the “flagship National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization”. Finance minister Arun Jaitley described this as the “world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme” in his Budget speech. But how can such an ambitious scheme be provided for without increasing the overall budget for health and social protection in real terms?
        1. suresh VRG
          Feb 2, 2018 at 7:39 pm
          Sneaky Lungi Shakuni Mama, you are also guilty of the same when you announced a measly Rs 500 crores allocation for OROP during your last Budget in 2013 So stop flapping
          1. Vensuslaus Jesudason
            Feb 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm
            The Union budget 2018 appears to be a mixed bag. Overall, it is an average budget. In fact, budgets in general have always been something like this. The Healthcare scheme announced in the budget is a replication of a comprehensive scheme of this type announced by the erstwhile government of TN. However, where are the funds? The scheme needs a staggering sum to implement and successfully operate it. Is the government going to borrow and finance the Healthcare scheme? We expect the government to be honest and truthful. There is no need to bloviate.
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