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Ayushman Bharat: Govt fast-forwards implementation process

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Ayushman BharatNational Health Agency (NHA) under the Health Ministry, which is the apex body for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, has signed an MoU with the Electronics and IT Ministry to provide information and eligibility validation services to the beneficiaries, especially in remote areas.

The Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health Agency (NHA) and Dr Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC-SPV.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda and Union Minister for Law and Justice & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad presided over the MoU signing ceremony.

“With this MoU, the dream of Digital India is taking a big leap. In Ayushman Bharat shall benefit 55 crore people across the country. The 3 lakh CSCs in 2.5 lakh Panchayats shall be a great help in the implementation of the scheme,” Nadda said.

Common Service Centres (CSCs) are physical facilities for delivering government’s e-services to rural and remote locations. They are multiple-services-single-point model for providing facilities for multiple transactions at a single geographical location.

“Today, I am very happy that CSC VLEs are going to be the soldiers of healthcare-Ayushman Bharat in India. The identity and registrations of beneficiaries would be done through CSCs. I would like to congratulate Shri J.P. Nadda that his ministry has chosen CSCs for the implementation of the largest healthcare scheme of the world,” Prasad said.

Dr Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health Agency (NHA), said that this integration will not only create more accessibility and transparency in the beneficiary validation process, but will also spread awareness among the targeted beneficiaries.

AB-NHPM targets approximately 10.74 crore poor, deprived families and has identified occupational category of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, for both rural and urban India. CSC will be provided access to Beneficiary Identification System (BIS), which helps in confirming application from ‘entitled’ beneficiaries using SECC and RSBY databases.

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