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Bengal government to pull out of Ayushman Bharat

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Accusing the Centre of neglecting Bengal's contribution to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, on Thursday announced that her state will not pay its share of funds for Narendra Modi's project and asked the Centre to pay the full amount if it wanted to run it.

Launched by Modi in September, the scheme seeks to bring 50 crore poor people under a of Rs 5 lakh per year. The states are required to pump in 40 per cent of the funds.

With the exception of Delhi, Odisha, Kerala, and Telangana, all other states and union territories have inked the pact with the for running the scheme.

"Bengal will not provide 40 per cent of the funds for the scheme. If the Centre is keen to run the scheme, it should cough up the full amount," Banerjee told a rally in district.

Banerjee alleged that the was taking full credit for the scheme.

"Why should we contribute 40 per cent of the funds for Ayushman Bharat? The letterhead has the picture of the Prime Minister's face with a lotus (BJP election symbol) instead of the symbol of the " Banerjee said.

Attacking Modi, she said he was sending letters to people through post offices claiming that the central government was behind the scheme.

Banerjee charged the Centre with running a parallel administration in the state. "They claim they do everything and all projects are run by them - be it healthcare, housing, education, infrastructure.

"If the Centre is doing everything for everybody, what is the need for state governments?"

Banerjee said that in reality, the scheme Arogyashree implemented by her government was miles ahead of the Centre's Ayushman Bharat.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:34 IST
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