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Ayushman Bharat will not be implemented in Odisha: Health Min Pratap Jena

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena on Thursday informed that Ayushman Bharat programme of the Central government will not be implemented in the state.

Jena’s statement came couple of days after the state government announced the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.

The Health Minister, while speaking to the newsmen said that the Biju Swasthya Kalyan scheme of the state government is better than that of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme, which was meant for 61 lakh families of Odisha.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced health assurance scheme that will benefit around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state.

Each family, under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yonana, would get up to Rs 5 lakh per annum to meet healthcare expenditure at all government-run hospitals and the entire cost would be borne by the state government.

The Chief Minister also had announced that drop back assistance of Rs 500 will be provided to all pregnant women and infant who visit public health facilities. This apart, he had said that each and every one visiting any government health institution from district to sub-centre level will be provided all health services free of cost.

The scheme will come into effect from August 15 this year.

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