Pradeep Pattanayak

Union AYUSH Minister Sarabananda Sonowal on Saturday targeted the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led dispensation in Odisha for not implementing the Ayushman Bharat Yojana in the state. He termed it as the government’s anti-people act. 

On the sidelines of a programme in Bhubaneswar, the Union Minister said, “The facilities Prime Minister Narendra Modi is providing to the states are based on ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ principle. If a state government is not cooperating, it means the state government is against its people.”

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The Congress also seconded the Union Minister and said the state government should implement Ayushman Bharat Yojana in the state. 

“Ayushman Bharat Yojana is a central government scheme. They (the BJD) should implement this. They have only implemented the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY). If implemented, many people will benefit. Both the yojanas should be implemented. They are locking horns over votes, leaving people deprived of facilities,” observed senior Congress leader Suresh Routray. 

While responding to the statements of the Union AYUSH Minister and the Congress leader, BJD MLA Amar Satpathy said, “The people of Odisha are getting better health facilities under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.  From a healthcare point of view, Odisha has become a model for others. Ayushman Bharat Yojana came after the implementation of BSKY.”

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