Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Challenging Odisha government’s claim of treating over one crore cases under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in just 60 days of implementing the scheme, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today criticised the State government for being intolerant towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing is as the sole reason for non-implementation of Centre's flagship healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat in Odisha.

In a Facebook video, the Union Minister said that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik feels insecure about Modi’s increasing popularity which is the main reason for not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme here.

Presenting a few facts on the healthcare system in Odisha, Pradhan said that the average number of doctors for every 1 lakh people in the State has reduced to nine from 11.

“While ICUs are available in only 12 out of 30 District Headquarters Hospitals, 112 health centres in Odisha don’t have electricity,” Pradhan added.

Pradhan also mentioned that the newborn death rate is highest in Odisha in comparison to other States.

In response to Pradhan, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena criticised the BJP stating that it is acting against the benefit of the people in Odisha and further tagged the party as a 'Jumla Sarkar' that only makes false promises during elections.

Clarifying on the number of cases treated under BSKY, Jena said, "The Chief Minister mentioned that over 1 crore cases were benefited under the scheme from August 15 till date. This number includes patients visiting hospital either once or multiple times."


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