Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, launched Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement was made via a video conference and is aimed at covering as many as 21 lakh people.
A senior government official said that with the launch of the scheme, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of their socio-economic status, will be covered. “The government is collecting details of beneficiary families who may be missing from the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 database. This will ensure that all beneficiaries are enrolled at the earliest so that they can avail free healthcare services,” the official added.
“PM Modi wishes to see speedy development in Jammu and Kashmir and improvement in the standard of living of people. He presses that democracy should reach the grassroots levels and wishes peace and security for people of the state. Under this scheme, people of Jammu and Kashmir will be able to avail free medical facilities up to Rs 5 lakh,” said Union Minister Amit Shah said.
The scheme would operate in insurance mode in convergence with Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).
The PM-JAY is the world’s largest health insurance/assurance scheme fully financed by the government. It provides a cover of Rs 500,000 per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation across public and private empanelled hospitals in India. The benefit of Rs 5,00,000 can be used by one or all members of the family.
It covers medical procedures such as oncology, cardiology, nephrology etc., and up to three days of pre-hospitalisation and 15 days post-hospitalisation expenses such as diagnostics and medicines are also included in the scheme.