New Delhi: Over 1,000 people were screened as part of a beneficiary identification and awareness drive held at various railway stations in an around the national capital by the National Health Authority in collaboration with the Railways Ministry to find out people likely to benefit from the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat initiative.
Ayushman Bhara, also known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), is the flagship scheme of Government of India that provides a cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation to over 10.74 crore vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).
Earlier this year, National Health Authority, the apex body responsible for the design and implementation of the scheme in the country, signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railways empanelling 91 hospitals covering 17 zones under PMJAY.
The drive was organised to increase awareness about the Government of India’s flagship scheme AB-PMJAY and the benefits offered under it.
“The organisers through the drive enabled the contractual staff of the Railways and their families verify their eligibility under Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY at the Beneficiary Identification system (BIS) kiosks and avail secondary and tertiary treatment for serious illnesses anywhere across the country,” said a statement issued by the organisers.
It said the drive is a step forward to streamline processes of healthcare delivery in the country by bringing in railway hospitals in the PM-JAY network and enable more and more people to seek and avail inpatient care at the country’s best hospitals.
Union Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan, and Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, were present at the event and praised the officials for organising the drive.
“Under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India is implementing the world’s largest health care initiative, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Over 50 crore people are the expected beneficiaries,” Piyush Goyal said at the event.
Railways has been helping in identification and awareness drives at various stations in Delhi including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Anand Vihar.
“I am informed similar drives have been successfully carried out in Mumbai and Chennai as well. These drives will go a long way in helping take the Government’s programmes to the masses. This initiative will also provide support to members of our contractual staff community who have devoted their lives to Indian Railways,” Goyal said.
More than 30 Lakh people in the country have availed cashless treatment for life-threatening illnesses like cancer through Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY.
“There is still a sizeable percentage of the vulnerable population that is not able to access hospital treatment because they do not have the means to afford it. This collaboration with the Indian Railways will enable us to further expand our network to provide quality inpatient care to a large section of the most vulnerable people who are currently left out from any of the Government-run health schemes and programmes,” he said.