Over 84,000 families were ‘neglected’ to enroll their names under Ayushman Bharat Yojana, alleges Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb

Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has announced to launch a new healthcare scheme, ‘Ayushman Tripura’, for those who could not make it to the ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ or the National Health Protection Scheme of the Central government.

Addressing a press conference, Deb said at present 20.57 lakh people are receiving the benefit of ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’. However, 3.57 lakh people belonging to 84,000 families were left out of the scheme and they will now be enrolled under the ‘Ayushman Tripura’ scheme of the state government.

“Ayushman Tripura cardholders will enjoy the benefit of this health scheme. A sum of Rs 9 crore has already been sanctioned for these new cardholders,” said the CM.

Informing that only 148 tests were done in government hospitals during the Left Front government’s regime, chief minister Deb further said, “Now, 287 types of tests are being done with the same fee structure for all the three categories of card holders.”

Speaking about the three categories of cardholders, Deb, who also holds the portfolio of health minister, said that people from Antodaya group will get all the benefits free of cost, while for priority group there will be a hike of 35% on an average in rates and for APL group, a hike from the existing structure would be made.

He also took a dig at the erstwhile Left Front government for “neglecting” 84,000 families under the Ayushman Bharat Mission depriving 3.57 lakh people of the scheme in 25 years”.

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