Aadhaar is not mandatory to avail benefits for the first time under the recently-launched Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) but will be compulsory for those seeking treatment under the scheme for the second time, according to report.
In case the Aadhaar number is not available, beneficiaries have to at least provide documents to prove that they have enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number, said Indu Bhushan, CEO of the National Health Agency, responsible for implementing the PMJAY.
The move comes in the wake of a Supreme Court order declaring the Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid. “We are studying the Supreme Court order. Aadhaar number or at least documents to prove that one has enrolled for the 12-digit unique identity number will be mandatory to seek treatment under the scheme for the second time. “To avail benefits for the first time, one can either show an Aadhaar or any other identity document like election card etc,” Bhushan said.
Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the government aims at providing a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP). Under this scheme, will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service.
The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), which was renamed as AB-PMJAY, was launched pan-India by the Prime Minister from Jharkhand on September 23. Since its rollout over 47,000 people have already availed the benefits of the scheme, which has been touted as the world’s largest health insurance programme while over 92,000 have been given Gold cards, Deputy CEO of NHA, Dinesh Arora said.
More than 13 hundred diseases and nearly ten thousand hospitals have been included in Ayushman Bharat scheme. This includes diseases like cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, eye problem, dental problem, CT scan, MRI and more. The government has also released helpline number for the convenience for the people. It will cover around 50 crore people and there is no cap on family size and age in the scheme ensuring that nobody is left out.
Over 14,000 hospitals including public and private, have been empanelled for the scheme, and as many as 32 states and union territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme. Telangana, Odisha, Delhi and Kerala are not among states which have opted for the scheme.
But in the end, the result is that the Modi government is not respecting the orders of the Supreme court. Supreme court already clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory at all but still Modi government goes against the supreme court.