Ayushman Bharat Row: Arvind Kejriwal Writes to Union Minister Harsh Vardhan; Urges Him to Stop Implementation Saying Delhi Has ‘Good’ Health Scheme
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credits: PTI/File)

New Delhi, June 7: After Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wrote a letter to Chief Ministers of Delhi, Odisha, Telangana and West Bengal, Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the national capital already has a "good" health scheme. Aam Aadmi Party chief, in a letter, also stated if the Union Health Minister sees something in Ayushman Bharat Yojana (ABY) that is missing in Delhi's health scheme then he can call him. Ayushman Bharat: Key Facts to Know About PM Modi's 'Game-Changing' PMJAY Healthcare Scheme.

"A good health scheme is already implemented in Delhi. Stopping it and implementing another won't benefit anyone. If Delhi's Health Scheme is stopped&Ayushman Bharat Yojana implemented, residents will be affected, " said Arvind Kejriwal in a letter to Minister for Health and Family Welfare. He also urged Harsh Vardhan to inform him if anything is missing in Delhi's health scheme so that he can make necessary changes. If Ayushman Bharat So Good, Why People from UP, Haryana Coming to Delhi for Treatment: Delhi Health Minister Jain.

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Earlier, Vardhan said that he had spoken to Kejriwal, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and was trying to connect with Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao to implement Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) as these states and UT are yet to join the scheme.

Vardhan, in his letter to the CMs, said, "It is important that the benefits of a visionary scheme like Ayushman Bharat should reach all the deprived and vulnerable people in the country. I will make all efforts to convince the remaining states and the UT to bring the benefits of the scheme to their people and ensure that no eligible person is deprived of these benefits."

"The ultimate beneficiary of this collaboration will be poor and vulnerable people. Due to the portability of services, the states will gain from the nationwide network of hospitals and will also help provide services in their own states to those from outside their states," the minister said.

Ayushman Bharat Yojana, also known as National Health Protection Scheme, is a Centre flagship health insurance scheme. The beneficiary of this scheme are poor and vulnerable people of the country. The AB-PMJAY scheme aims to provide a life coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefitting more than 10.74 crore families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a chain of empanelled healthcare providers.