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Vi­jen­dra Gupta lashes out at AAP govt over de­lay in im­ple­men­ta­tion of Cen­tre’s mega health in­sur­ance scheme for the poor

The last-minute hur­dle by the AAP gov­ern­ment has de­railed the process for send­ing a unique quick re­sponse code which will be sent on Septem­ber, 5 to each iden­ti­fied fam­ily to avail of an an­nual cash­less Health In­sur­ance cover.

Vi­jen­dra Gupta

The leader of op­po­si­tion Vi­jen­dra Gupta lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment over de­lay­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s mega health in­sur­ance scheme for the poor in the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the party, with just three weeks for the roll­out of the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s Ayush­man Bharat Prad­han Mantri Aro­gaya Yo­jna on Septem­ber 25, the AAP gov­ern­ment has put ob­sta­cles in its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“It is go­ing to de­rail the scheme in Delhi just be­cause it is cen­trally spon­sored. With the mo­tive of tak­ing full po­lit­i­cal credit for the cen­trally spon­sored scheme, it wants the name of the scheme to be Mukhya Mantri Aam Aadami Swasthaya Beema Yo­jna – Ayush­man Bharat,” said Vi­jen­der Gupta, leader of the op­po­si­tion.

DNA re­ported on Thurs­day that the Union Min­istry of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare had re­jected Delhi gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal to change the name of Cen­tre’s am­bi­tious Ayush­man Bharat-Na­tional Health Pro­tec­tion Scheme to Aam Aadmi Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Bima Yo­janaAyush­man Bharat. The name sug­gested by Delhi gov­ern­ment gives em­pha­sis to ‘Aam Aadmi’ and ‘Mukhya Mantri’ (Chief Min­is­ter). The Arvind Ke­jri­wal-led Delhi gov­ern­ment had sug­gested the name as one of its con­di­tions to adopt the scheme.

“The last-minute hur­dle by the AAP gov­ern­ment has de­railed the process for send­ing a unique quick re­sponse (QR) code which will be sent on Septem­ber, 5 to each iden­ti­fied fam­ily to avail of an an­nual cash­less Health In­sur­ance cover un­der the scheme,” added Gupta.

The health in­sur­ance scheme aims to pro­vide a cov­er­age of Rs 5 lakh per fam­ily an­nu­ally and ben­e­fit more than 10 crore poor fam­i­lies across In­dia. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, in his In­de­pen­dence Day speech, said his gov­ern­ment will launch the am­bi­tious the Ayush­man Bharat health­care scheme on Septem­ber 25.

Gupta fur­ther said that many states have al­ready signed up for the scheme and the re­main­ing states are likely to sign within a day or two.

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