Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the progress of preparations towards the launch of the health insurance programme under Ayushman Bharat scheme, an official communiqué said.
The scheme will provide health insurance cover of upto Rs 5 lakh per family. The scheme will benefit around10 crore poor and vulnerable families.
“Top officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, NITI Aayog and PMO, briefed the Prime Minister on various aspects including the preparations in States, and development of the technological infrastructure associated with the scheme,” a PIB release said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the National Health Agency (NHA), which is the apex body for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electronics and IT Ministry to provide information and eligibility validation services to the beneficiaries, especially in remote areas.
“With this MoU, the dream of Digital India is taking a big leap. The 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,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.
Common Service Centres (CSCs) are physical facilities for delivering government’s e-services to rural and remote locations where availability of computers and internet is negligible or mostly absent.
At present 28 states are on board for inclusion in the Ayushman Bharat scheme, while 8 states are yet to join.
In April, on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, the Prime Minister had inaugurated the first ‘Health and Wellness Centre’ under Ayushman Bharat, in the aspirational district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh.