After five failed attempts and no positive reply from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Arvind Kejriwal government to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in New Delhi, now the Centre has decided to stop approaching the Delhi government for the matter. According to the senior official, the Centre has written to Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, to implement the biggest healthcare scheme in the national capital.
Since the launch of the scheme in September last year, Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yogana (PMJAY) does not want to waste his time in seeking appointments with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendra Jain. There is an ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Narendra Modi government over the name change of PMJAY.
The Delhi government has been demanding to change the name of Aysuhman Bharat scheme to be Mukhya Mantri Aam Adami Swathya Bima Yojana Aysuhman Bharat’. Dr Bhushan said, We have made all efforts from our end seeking appointments with Delhi government. We wrote five letters. Yet, there is no reply. Now, the ball is in Delhi government’s court. They are most welcome to come and discuss with us to implement the Ayushman scheme in Delhi. But, now the department will not approach them. Now, higher authorities will decide how the PMJAY will be launched in the national capital.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has considered the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011, for identifying beneficiaries which will benefit nearly 20 lakh people in the city. When Mail Today contacted Delhi’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr Nutan Mundeja said, Our stand still remains the same. Delhi government will not accept it. The government is working on the healthcare insurance policy which will give coverage to a larger population of Delhi. We will launch it very soon. She also said that at present the Delhi government has far better services compared to Ayushman Bharat scheme.