Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has decided to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital even as country is struggling to contain novel Coronavirus outbreak. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced the same as part of the budget presented on Monday.
The Delhi government allocated Rs 7,485 crore in the Rs 65,000-crore budget for the health sector, with Rs 588 crore being proposed for the construction of new hospitals and remodelling of the existing ones, a TOI report stated.
“I propose a total outlay of Rs 7,485 crore on the health sector. This includes revenue budget of Rs 6,462 crore and capital budget of Rs 1,023 crore. An amount of Rs 3,737 crore is earmarked for implementation of various schemes, programmes and projects under the health sector,” Sisodia said.
He also announced the State government was working in coordination with Centre on Covid-19 by providing adequate quarantine facilities on a war footing to the people arriving in Delhi from across the world. “A provision of Rs 50 crore has been made for this in the budget 2020-21,” he said.
“Our target is to set up 1,000 clinics. Similarly, 25 polyclinics are in operation and 94 more dispensaries are being remodelled to start polyclinics. An outlay of Rs 375 crore is proposed for the ‘mohalla clinics’ and polyclinics in 2019-20,” Sisodia said.
To enhance the total bed strength from 10,000 beds to 20,000 in the hospitals, the work on construction of a 600-bed hospital at Ambedkar Nagar and an 800-bed hospital at Burari, will be completed shortly. “The construction of 1,241-bed hospital in Dwarka is in advance stages,” the budget stated.