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PM Narendra Modi launches flagship healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat

September 23, 2018 03:16 PM

The scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rolled out the Centre’s flagship scheme — Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).

Billed as the world’s largest government healthcare programme, it will be funded with 60% contribution coming from the Centre and remaining from the States.

The government-sponsored health insurance scheme will provide free coverage of up to ₹5 lakh a family a year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India. Meant to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

Billed as the world’s largest government healthcare programme, it will be funded with 60% contribution coming from the Centre and remaining from the States.

The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data.

It will cover around 50 crore people and there is no cap on family size or age in the scheme, ensuring that nobody is left out.

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