New Delhi, September 25: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday has rolled out Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)-Ayushman Bharat scheme and termed it as "worlds largest government-funded healthcare programme." But however, the scheme that aims to provide coverage of Rs five lakh per family, will not cover five states- Kerala, Delhi, Odisha, Telangana and Punjab. PM Narendra Modi Launches Ayushman Bharat in Ranchi, World’s Largest Government-Funded Healthcare Programme.
Kerala's Communist party government led by Pinarayi Vijayan has been heaping criticism on centre's Ayushman Bharat. Kerala's Finance Minister Thomas Issac, in a series of tweets, raised questions about how the government would implement it in such a big scale.
A prize for anyone who solves the riddle of Ayushmann Bharat! Subsidy ceiling for current RSBY scheme of ₹30000 benefit is ₹1250 . The subsidy for Modi scheme with benefit of ₹5 lak is ₹https://t.co/fDMCwhwvr7 is it possible to have such a jump in benefits for lower premium?
— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) September 18, 2018Also Read | Delhi Ranked 6th Fastest Growing and Best Performing Metro City in the World
Total claims under RSBY so far is 120 lakhs.Kerala accounts for 53 lakhs. Kerala with a population share of 3 per cent accounts for 42 per cent of the claims - a sad commentary on implementation . Ayushmann Bharat also is on the same track. Just for information Kerala baiters
— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) September 21, 2018
Delhi is also among the union territories and states that have not signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the centre to implement Ayushman Bharat. Ayushman Bharat: Key Facts to Know About PM Modi's 'Game-Changing' PMJAY Healthcare Scheme.
Arvind Kejriwal- led Aam Aadmi Party has claimed that Ayushman Bharat is PR exercise of BJP and will prove another Jumla (rhetoric).
Pl read - why Ayushman Bharat is another PR exercise and will prove another jumla https://t.co/amoXwoBLco
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 23, 2018
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, while criticising and opting out of the scheme, said, "Odisha's healthcare scheme is better than centre's. It provides Rs 7 lakh to women against central programme's Rs 5 lakh."
Telangana government opted out of centres Ayushman Bharat scheme citing that it already has Aarogyasri scheme.
"We already have the Aarogyasri scheme. As of now, Telangana is not participating in the (central government's) scheme," official sources told news agency PTI.
Punjab's Congress government led by Amarinder Singh also backed out of Ayushmaan Bharat. The Punjab government said that it is already running a health insurance scheme and they have an issue with the 60:40 ratio of funding by the Centre.
Ayushman Bharat which was launched on Sunday is termed as a "game changer for poor." The scheme is aimed to provide more than 10 crore poor families. Eligible people can avail the health services from listed private and government hospitals.