Aadhaar must to get Rs 5 lakh Ayushman health insurance cover

As part of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, the Centre has announced an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per year for hospitalisation to 10.74 crore families. The notification, published by the Union health ministry on July 4, makes Aadhaar mandatory to avail the benefit.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2018 23:46 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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According to CEO, UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan, the authority has issued 121 crore Aadhaar numbers to date, and an estimated 10 lakh people enrol for or update their Aadhar details every day.(Photo for representation)

The Centre has published a gazette notification that makes Aadhar mandatory for beneficiaries under its annual health insurance cover.

As part of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission, the Centre has announced an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per year for hospitalisation to 10.74 crore families. The notification, published by the Union health ministry on July 4, makes Aadhaar— a 12-digit biometric identification system— mandatory to avail of the insurance benefit.

“A beneficiary eligible for receiving the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication,” it reads.

Those who do not have Aadhar need to apply by March 31.

According to CEO, UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan, the authority has issued 121 crore Aadhaar numbers to date, and an estimated 10 lakh people enrol for or update their Aadhaar details every day.

CEO, Ayushman Bharat, Indu Bhushan said the notification was issued only because the Aadhaar Act makes it mandatory to publish it and seek government approval, if anyone wants to use the data set from Aadhaar.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 23:08 IST