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Rajasthan, Maharashtra 'reluctant' to implement PM Modi's ambitious Ayushman Bharat: Official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a setback to the Modi government's ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS), two of the BJP-ruled states -- and -- have expressed "reluctance" to implement the programme.

According to a government official, the and governments are reluctant in implementing the scheme, as similar projects catering to a much larger population are being run in the states.

The AB-aims at providing a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.

The said that though the government has welcomed the Centre's scheme, "they are not sure how to implement it, as they already have the ongoing Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, under which are provided to around 4.5 crore people".

"Moreover, the contract with the company goes up till the next year. So they are thinking of finding a way of how to converge the two schemes so that the ongoing scheme is not disturbed," the said.

Dr Indu Bhushan, the of Ayushman Bharat, discussed the issue with on Friday.

The government has cited lack of funds as the reason for not implementing the scheme.

The runs Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, a flagship health scheme, under which 2.2 crore people are provided an cover up to Rs 2 lakh.

Odisha has already refused to implement the Centre's flagship health programme, saying it already has a scheme called Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana with more beneficiaries compared to the AB-

Two other states -- and -- are yet to come on board and give their approval to the AB-

However, despite disagreements, the government has agreed to adopt the scheme, the said.

So far, 25 states and UTs have signed MoUs with the for implementing the scheme.

Meanwhile, the (NHA), the apex body for implementation of the AB-NHPS, has launched a formal process to empanel public and private hospitals to achieve universal health coverage.

The is eager to roll out the scheme pan on August 15.

The centrally sponsored scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest SECC data, and will cover around 50 crore people.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 14:00 IST
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