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WB govt to pull out of PM's Ayushman Bharat scheme: Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  Krishnanagar (WB) 

Minister Thursday announced that the state has decided to pull out of the Centre's Ayushman Bharat scheme, accusing the Narendra Modi-led NDA government of making "tall claims" under the health coverage programme.

A top said that the (TMC) government has written to the Centre to notify about its decision to withdraw from the scheme.

The ambitious Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Scheme, which was launched by in August last year, aims to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) by providing health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.

The expenses incurred is to be shared between the Centre and the state in 60:40 ratio.

The TMC supremo alleged that the was "politicising" the health scheme by sending letters about its provisions to every household of the state with his picture and a lotus symbol on top.

The Centre is "using" post offices to dispatch these letters, she said.

"You (Narendra Modi) are sending letters with your photograph on them to every household in the state, making tall claims to take credit for the scheme. Then why should I bear 40 per cent? The NDA government should take the entire responsibility," she observed at a programme here.

"I have seen the document with the PM's picture and a logo resembling BJP's party symbol. You (BJP government) have already destroyed the system with demonetisation and GST implementation. Now, you are using government money to campaign for the party," Banerjee said.

According to reports, the Centre is sending out a two-page customised letter, highlighting the importance of the Ayushman scheme, to every beneficiary.

"In West Bengal, people do not need to pay for treatments. At state hospitals, people from Bihar, and even and receive free medical assistance. Then why is that the of the country is playing dirty " the CM questioned.

She also accused the of making "false claims" about to the farmers, even as the was bearing 80 per cent of the cost.

Last year, the state has spent Rs 625 crore for the purpose, Banerjee claimed.

"The Centre is making false claims about bearing of farmers. In reality, the pays just 20 per cent of the incurred cost," the minister said.

Banerjee claimed that the was deducting taxes from people's accounts in the state without doling out adequate benefits to them.

"You are deducting money from people's accounts in and other states as income tax and customs and using just a percentage of it for their welfare. That is not a favour. Why is acting as 'dalaal (agent)? I do not favour the of cheating people," the TMC said.

Questioning the role of the central government, she also alleged that the was trying to "run a parallel government" in all the states, including

"We were elected to power by the people, just like them. Do they (Centre) consult me when they set up any deal in the defence sector. Why is that they are interfering in the state matters? They do not enjoy the rights," she added.

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

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:00 IST
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