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Delhi CM Kejriwal spars with Amit Shah, JP Nadda over Ayushman Bharat health scheme

The Aam Aadmi Party said the Ayushman Bharat scheme is another ‘white elephant’ in the making.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2018 15:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal,Ayushman Bharat,JP Nadda
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal did not implement government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat Health insurance scheme for fear that it would increase Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has evoked a sharp retort from the Aam Aadmi Party leader.

Kejriwal hit back saying that Ayushman Bharat was another fad and irrelevant scheme.

“The Ayushman Bharat scheme is just like the rest of your plans. I have studied it well. Let me know if even a single person is treated under this scheme. How many lanes and roads were cleaned under Swachh Bharat? How much black money has come back to the country? How long will the people of this country be fooled?” he tweeted.

.Earlier Friday, Shah critisicised Kejriwal for not implementing Ayushman Bharat that provides Rs 5 lakh cashless annual cover to each poor and vulnerable.

Following Kejriwal’s retort, Union health minister J P Nadda also waded into the Twitter war claiming that more than 18,000 beneficiaries have already been treated under the scheme since its formal launch on September 23.

“If you had also implemented the scheme, people would have been able to use free wi-fi to find out more about the scheme and you could have kept a track on CCTV” Nadda tweeted.

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (AB-PMJAY), labelled as Modicare on the lines of Obamacare, is Modi government’s ambitious, and world’s largest, public health insurance scheme.

It aims to cover more than 107 million poor and vulnerable families mentioned under the socio-economic caste census data-2011 (SECC-2011), and pay for their hospitalisation.

While most states have agreed to implement the scheme in their states, Delhi and Odisha have been vocal about not being keen to implement it.

Thirty-one States and Union territories have formally signed the mandatory memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the centre, to implement the scheme that was formally launched in Jharkhand’s Capital, Ranchi.

First Published: Sep 29, 2018 15:27 IST