Prime Minister Narendra Modi stretched up the Bihar government saying the state needs to pay more attention to the national medical insurance scheme, guided by Janata Dal (United) and the BJP ally chief Nitish Kumar for poor work in Ayushman Bharat.
The program was reexamined in a meeting of the multi-reason and multi-modal platform PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) taken by the PM on July 31. Reveals that Bihar was among the five states specifically called out for lagging in implementing the policy the minutes of the meeting. “Governments of Bihar, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Nagaland need to pay more attention on the scheme,” noted the minutes of the meeting.
As per approved figures till June-end, only 50,369 persons availed themselves of benefits of cashless hospitalization and treatment under the scheme, in Bihar, a state which has an estimated 10.8 million beneficiary families, for claims worth about Rs 51 crore. Only 684 hospitals in the state stand emplaned so far for giving treatment under the scheme.
Acute Encephalitis (AES) earlier alleged around 150 lives in the state this year, reported that Bihar had also disappointed to spend even a one third of Rs 88.5 crore given by the Centre to it in 2018-19 for updating existing public health centers and changing them into health and wellness centers (HWCs) – another crucial component of the scheme.
And as forth rest four states, merely 1,415 persons were hospitalized under the scheme in Goa till June-end, 642 in Arunachal Pradesh, 907 in Nagaland and just 117 in Sikkim.