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PM Modi asks Odisha CM Patnaik to link people with Ayushman Bharat scheme

Odisha along with Telangana, Delhi Kerala and Punjab has not signed the MoU for the scheme and, therefore, the scheme will not be implemented in those states till they come on board

Press Trust of India  |  Talcher (Odisha) 

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File photo

Prime Minister Saturday asked Odisha Chief Minister to link the people of the state with the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.

The scheme provides Rs 500,000 health insurance to the people.

"I urge Odisha CM to link people of (the) state with Ayushman Bharat scheme to be launched on Sunday," he said addressing a public meeting after launching commencement of work for the country's first coal gasification-based fertiliser plant at Talcher.

Referring to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's famous assertion that only 15 paisa out of a Rupee sanctioned by the Centre for the welfare of people reaches beneficiaries, he said, "They knew about the 'bimari' (illness) but had no vision to solve it."

The BJP government's decision to directly transfer money to bank accounts of beneficiaries has done away with the practice of middlemen in the implementation of any welfare scheme, he said.

Pointing towards the overwhelming gathering of people at the rally, Modi said it "clearly showed" what the people of Odisha are thinking.

First Published: Sat, September 22 2018. 12:35 IST