Rajasthan and Maharashtra, two of the BJP ruled states, have expressed ‘reluctance’ in the implementation of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) due to the existing similar state-level schemes, PTI quoted a government official as saying.
The official said that though the Rajasthan government has welcomed the Centre’s scheme, “they are not sure how to implement it, as they already have the ongoing Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, under which cashless health care services are provided to around 4.5 crore people”.
“Moreover, the contract with the insurance company goes up till the next year. So they are thinking of finding a way of how to converge the two schemes so that the ongoing scheme is not disturbed,” the official told PTI.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has cited lack of funds for not implementing the scheme. The state government already runs Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana under which 2.2 crore people are provided an insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakh.
Odisha government has refused the implementation of NHPS, stating that it already has a scheme called Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana with more beneficiaries compared to the AB-NHPS. Punjab and Delhi are yet to come on board and give their approval to the AB-NHPS.
The West Bengal government, despite disagreements, has agreed to adopt the scheme, PTI quoted the official as saying. So far, 25 states and UTs have signed MoUs with the Health Ministry for implementing the scheme.
The AB-NHPS aims at providing a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest SECC data, and will cover around 50 crore people. The Modi government is eager to roll out the scheme pan India on August 15.
With PTI inputs