Ranchi (Jharkhand): State health minister Banna Gupta on Thursday said that Jharkhand has topped the list of states in providing benefits to COVID-19 patients under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme. He said that a total of 1,419 patients have been benefitted in the state.
“Jharkhand is on top of the list in providing benefits to COVID 19 patients under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. A total of 1,419 patients have been benefitted”, said Gupta.
He added that only 19 people in Bihar have received the benefit of the scheme despite BJP being in alliance in the state whereas, in Uttar Pradesh, only 875 have been benefitted.
The health minister criticized the BJP ruled states, especially Gujarat, for lacking behind in implementing Ayushman Bharat Scheme to benefit COVID 19 patients and also took a dig at the Gujarat model. He said that the Gujarat model is highly talked and other states are often suggested to adopt it, but it has given benefits to zero people under this scheme.
“The Gujarat Model which BJP leaders suggest us to adopt has zero participation in the Central government’s ambitious scheme. UP is a much bigger state than Jharkhand and still benefits just 875 patients. We are a tribal state. We lack finance and information, still in this adverse situation we provided all possible aid to our people,” he said while lashing out at the BJP.
A total of 6.05 lakh COVID-19 patients have been treated under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in India so far.
Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) is the flagship health protection scheme of the Government of India that provides a cover of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to over 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families.
(With ANI Inputs)