'Examine & Accept If Beneficial': Odisha Govt Mulls Centre's Fresh Ayushman Bharat Proposal
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'Examine & Accept If Beneficial': Odisha Govt Mulls Centre's Fresh Ayushman Bharat Proposal

By News18 calender  05-Jun-2019

'Examine & Accept If Beneficial': Odisha Govt Mulls Centre's Fresh Ayushman Bharat Proposal

Odisha government on Tuesday said that it would examine fresh proposals of the Centre in regard to implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in the state.
A delegation led by CEO of Ayushman Bharat, Dr Indu Bhusan met state health minister Naba Kishore Das and chief secretary AP Padhi and told them that Odisha should take advantage of the national health assurance scheme. "Though we had rejected the Ayushman Bharat scheme earlier, now they (Centre) has come with some fresh proposals.
We will examine those proposals and accept if they benefit the people of Odisha," Das told reporters after a meeting with the Ayushman Bharat officials.
Though 25 states have already implemented the Ayushman Bharat scheme, only four states like Odisha, Telengana, West Bengal and Delhi governments have not accepted it. "We have requested the Odisha government to accept the Ayushman Bharat scheme like other states in order to make it a national scheme. I am sure, the Ayushman Bharat will certainly benefit the state and its people. I believe that it will help the people of the state if they join. It becomes a truly national scheme," Bhusan told reporters.
The Ayushman Bharat CEO said "The first round of talk has been very positive. More discussion will be held and I am hopeful that the state of Odisha will implement the scheme. As the state already has a very good and strong scheme, our challenge is how to converge Ayushman Bharat with the existing scheme in the state."

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