In the name of state’s Aarogya Sri medical health cover scheme for the poor, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) rejected centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme on 9th September, Monday. Making the announcement to the effect in the legislative assembly, the Telangana chief minister said, The state government is not interested in wasting public money on those programmes (central schemes) which are not beneficial to the people.
This announcement was made by CM KCR during the presentation of the state budget for 2019-2020. The CM claimed that Arogya Sri was more beneficial and had a wider outreach than the Ayushman Bharat scheme and that the government is spending Rs 1,336 crore a year to help 85.34 lakh families. Comparing it with Ayushman Bharat, CM exclaimed that it is possible for the state to provide medical benefits only to the extent of Rs 250 crore a year benefiting only 26 lakh families.
Talking about the spendings for the last five years, Telangana CM also said that, the state spent Rs 5,37,373 crore on the welfare and development as pointed out in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General. Of this, the central government’s contribution for implementing its 24 schemes was just Rs 31,802 crore, he said.
“We have to tread carefully and cautiously during such a testing time. We cannot go beyond certain limits. Against this backdrop of severe financial crunch we have discussed with several experts and with a practical approach prepared the 201920 budget proposals,” said the CM.
The annual budget for 201920 is being pegged at Rs 1,46,492.30 crore while it was Rs 1,82, 017 crores in the interim budget proposed earlier this year. Of this, Rs 17, 274 crores will be spent on capital expenditure.