Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme, renamed Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), from Jharkhand, tomorrow. The ambitious scheme, whose announcement was made by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech, aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually and is expected to benefit more than 10 crore poor families.
As many as 31 states and Union Territories have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Centre and will implement the programme over the next two to three months, after its launch tomorrow. Though the scheme will be launched tomorrow, it will effectively be operational from September 25, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
The cheme aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The programme is being touted as the world’s largest health protection scheme. The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.