Odisha’s Own Health Scheme BSKY Misses Many Alive, Names The Dead

Rayagada: Barely a week after the ambitious health insurance scheme of Odisha government- Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) was rolled out, concerns have now been raised over its implementation, the enrolment process and inclusion of beneficiaries in the scheme.

The State government had held that BSKY is a superior scheme with more beneficiaries as compared to Centre’s Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission.

However, residents of Kandili village under Sadar block of Rayagada district alleged that the list prepared under the scheme has excluded many of the actual beneficiaries. Not only this, people were shocked to see the names of a few dead people in the list.

One Sunita Tadangi, whose husband Babu Rao Tadangi passed away 11 months ago, has been left out of the new list just because her husband’s name is still in the beneficiaries list.

Another Jodi Kadraka who had passed away almost 25 years back still has his name in the list, reports claimed.

Apart from this, the government has not included a single person from Disaripada village in the list of beneficiaries, sources said.

While the government claimed that 72,000 people in the district have already been facilitated with health cards, an OTV ground report revealed that many residents have been left out which is why the medical officers engaged in distributing the cards are also finding it difficult to complete the process.

Chid Bhusan Panda, Medical Officer of Jamadeipentha Community Health Centre said, “When we went to distribute the cards as per the list, we found that a few persons have already died. So it becomes a confusion whether to give them the cards or not.”

On the other hand, Additional Public Health Officer Dr Laxmi Narayan Prusty informed that the list has been prepared on the basis of facts and figures presented in 2012. He further stated that people whose names are missing in the list should immediately contact either the District Agriculture or the Labour Department to register themselves in the scheme.

As per government reports, under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, secondary and tertiary cashless health care assistance of up to Rs 5 lakh per annum will be provided whereas an additional amount of Rs 2 lakh would be given to the women beneficiaries, reports claim.

This apart, two additional health schemes- Universal Health Coverage and Drop Back Assistance were implemented by the State Government from August 15, 2018.