Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday launched the Government of India’s ambitious health insurance scheme, ‘Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)’, in the state.
Malik said that over 31 lakh beneficiaries from J&K would be benefited by the scheme.
MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, and members of parliament Jugal Kishore and Shamsher Singh were present on the occasion.
The Governor observed that the scheme would provide medical facilities to the poor and vulnerable families in secondary and tertiary care hospitals of the country. He said that the AB-PMJAY is the world’s largest healthcare scheme which aims at providing portable coverage of Rs 5 lakh per entitled family annually. A beneficiary covered under the scheme would be allowed to avail cashless benefits from empanelled public and private hospitals across the country.
Malik said that crores of poor and vulnerable people of the country will be benefitted through the AB-PMJAY. Quoting “Bimar Na Rahega Ab Lachaar, Bimari Ka Hoga muft Upchaar”, he added that now every entitled family will have access to cashless and paperless healthcare coverage for all critical diseases.
Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching the scheme for the benefit of poor, Governor observed that AB-PMJAY is the best among all the people friendly schemes launched by the Prime Minister.
MoS PMO Jitendra Singh pointed out that the important feature of the scheme is that pre-existing diseases are also covered. He also mentioned various other welfare schemes launched by the Union Government including Jan Dhan Yojana.
Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education said that AB-PMJAY is a flagship scheme launched on 23rd September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country with the aim of improving and strengthening healthcare at all levels and to create new health institutions. He said that State Health Agency AB-PMJAY J&K has so far empanelled 144 government and private hospitals in state, adding that a vigorous drive has also been launched for registration of beneficiaries for Golden Cards.
On the ocassion, Governor also hailed officials of Health and Medical Education department for receiving ‘Best Performing Large State’ award for “impressive performance” in the Health sector by the India Today group at the “State of the States Conclave 2018”.
The State got first position on account of high reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in a single year and for effective implementation of health schemes thus providing better healthcare to the rural population of the state.
The Governor and other guests distributed Golden Cards among 10 eligible beneficiaries for availing the annual health cover facility.