Ahead of the crucial elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme, which is the Ayushman Bharat.
The scheme is estimated to benefit close to 50 crore Indians.
The scheme was launched from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.
As per the details of the scheme, it aims to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all Indians and to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakhs.
So far 31 states and Union Territories have plans to implement the programme.
The Ayushman Bharat programme will be funded with 60 per cent contribution coming from the central government and remaining from the states.
The ambitious scheme was renamed the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan and it targets economically backward families from both rural and urban India.
One would only need to establish one’s identity to avail benefits under the scheme and it could be through Aadhaar card or election ID card or ration card.
But what is all the more significant is that states like Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab have not signed the launch with the central government.>