BJP to launch ‘Janjagran’ on Modicare in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha government remaining adamant on not implementing Ayushman Bharat (Modicare) scheme, Odisha unit of the BJP has decided to launch an awareness campaign on Central government’s universal healthcare coverage in state.

The state government is not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha because of political reasons, said BJP state president, Basant Panda in a press conference in Bhubaneswar today.

To create awareness about the scheme in the state, the BJP leader said “The party will organise signature campaigns (Janjagran) in every zone and will take the campaign to every household in the state. This will put pressure on the state government to implement the scheme.”

Requesting Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik and the state government to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the state, Panda said “The residents of the state should not be deprived from the benefits of the scheme.”

“To create awareness about the scheme among the masses, a week-long signature campaign will be organised by the party starting from September 30. The party will organise 4 to 5 meetings in every zone and take the campaign to every household in the state,” Panda stated.

On the other hand, BJD leaders refuted the allegations made by the BJP.

BJD spokesperson, Sasmit Patra said “The allegations made by BJP are baseless and are not based on facts. When we are providing healthcare facilities to 50 lakh people in the state, why is BJP so fussy about it? Don’t they want people to get the benefits?”

Citing the Indian Medical Association (IMA) letter dated June 2018, Patra said, “IMA has clearly stated in the letter that Ayushman Bharat is not a productive scheme.”

Patra further stated, “According to the letter, around 15 per cent of the profit will go to the intermediary insurance companies. Will giving away crores of rupees to the insurance companies benefit the people of Odisha?”

“Providing healthcare benefits through cashless or cash assurance would rather benefit the people. The people of Odisha understand that these facilities can be availed through Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY),” Patra claimed.