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Aadhaar must for those seeking treatment under Ayushman Bharat a 2nd time

The move comes in the wake of a Supreme Court order declaring the Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


is not mandatory to avail benefits for the first time under the recently-launched Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri (AB-PMJAY) but will be compulsory for those seeking treatment under the scheme for the second time, according to a top

In case the number is not available, beneficiaries have to at least provide documents to prove that they have enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number, said Indu Bhushan, of the National Health Agency, responsible for implementing the PMJAY.

The move comes in the wake of a order declaring the scheme as constitutionally valid.

"We are studying the order. Aadhaar number or at least documents to prove that one has enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number will be mandatory to seek treatment under the scheme for the second time.

"To avail benefits for the first time, one can either show an Aadhaar or any other identity document like election card etc," Bhushan said.

The (AB-NHPM), which was renamed as AB-PMJAY, was launched pan-by the from on September 23.

Since its rollout over 47,000 people have already availed the benefits of the scheme, which has been touted as the world's largest while over 92,000 have been given Gold cards, of NHA, said.

Under the scheme, the aims at providing a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 107.4 million poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP).

The PMJAY will provide for the beneficiary at the point of service.

The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and has identified occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data.

It will cover around 50 crore people and there is no cap on family size and age in the scheme ensuring that nobody is left out.

Arora further said that 98 per cent of beneficiaries have already been identified.

Over 14,000 hospitals both public and private, have been empanelled for the scheme, and as many as 32 states and union territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme.

Telangana, Odisha, and are not among states which have opted for the scheme.

First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 14:05 IST