Prime Minister Narendra Modi certainly does mention the Ayushman Bharat scheme in his achievements. Under this scheme, the provision of medical insurance to more than 100 million households in the country is to bring the poor families up to Rs 5 lakh in annual coverage. On the Modi government’s plan, non-BJP ruled states have already raised their hands, now the BJP-ruled state itself is not in favor of implementing this scheme. The central government had made a budget for the Ayushman Bharat scheme in this year’s general budget and the government is preparing to launch it on August 15 duly. Two BJP-ruled states Rajasthan and Maharashtra have expressed the inability of the Modi government’s ambitious plan to implement ‘Ayushman Bharat National Health Security Scheme’.
A senior government official said that the governments of Rajasthan and Maharashtra are reluctant to implement this scheme as they are having similar projects for a large population. The goal of Ayushman Bharat Scheme is to provide annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family and to provide benefits to more than 100 million poor families.
The official said that the Rajasthan government, however, welcomed the plans of the center but they are not convinced about how it should be implemented as they have already started the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme. Under this, cashless health services are provided to about 4.5 crore people. The official said that apart from that, contract with the insurance company is in next year. Therefore, they are thinking of combining the two plans together so that the ongoing plan is not interrupted. However, Ayushman India’s CEO Indu Bhushan had discussed this issue with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday.
On the other hand, apart from Rajasthan, the Maharashtra government has told the reasons for not implementing this scheme due to lack of funds. The Maharashtra government runs Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojna under which 2.2 million people have covered insurance up to two lakh rupees. Odisha has already refused to implement the program. He says that he has already started the Biju Health Welfare Scheme. Punjab and Delhi have not yet given their approval for this scheme.
The West Bengal government has agreed to adopt this plan even after a disagreement. So far, 25 States and Union Territories have signed MOU with the Ministry of Health to implement this scheme. The National Health Agency (NHA) has started a formal process to list public and private hospitals for the implementation of Ayushman India Scheme. The Modi government is eager to launch this scheme across the country on August 15. Indeed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a plan to start this scheme on the occasion of 15th August with the ramparts of the Red Fort duly initiating this scheme.