Odisha should not oppose Ayushman Bharat scheme for political reasons: Pradhan

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Bhubaneswar: Taking a jibe at the Odisha government, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today went on to say that the Odisha government should not oppose the Ayushman Bharat scheme, popularly known as Modicare just for the sake of political reasons.

“Odisha government must not oppose the Ayushman Bharat scheme for mere political reasons, which will harm the poor people in the state,” he said.

Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, said the decision of the state government to stay away from Ayushman Bharat scheme is “unfortunate” and “anti-people” as over 61 lakh families would benefit under the programme.

He said that the people of Odisha have already realized the inefficiency of the state government led by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). A political controversy has surfaced following the state government’s refusal to implement the Centre’s flagship health scheme.

The BJD said it has decided to implement Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, which will cover more beneficiaries than the central scheme.

“While Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a health assurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat is a health insurance scheme. The state government scheme will benefit 70 lakh families against 61 lakh families in the central scheme,” said BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb.

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Bhubaneswar: Taking a jibe at the Odisha government, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today went on to say that the Odisha government should not oppose the Ayushman Bharat scheme, popularly known as Modicare just for the sake of political reasons. "Odisha…