PIL in SC Claims Non- implementation Of Ayushman Bharat Scheme in 4 States
SC issued a notice to Odisha, Telangana, Delhi and West Bengal for allegedly not implementing Central government’s Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme in their respective territories.
Under this scheme poor people are entitled to avail treatment for various health problems including the testing and treatment for COVID-19.
The PIL asks this action of the states to be declared “illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to Articles 14 and 21.”
The petitioner submitted that the Union of India budgets Rs 6,400 crores every year on this yojana, to provide health insurance to 50 crore people.
“Due to non-availability of Health insurance and lack of proper facilities in government hospitals, poor and middle class people are forced to pay huge sums of money for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals. Under these circumstances, the petitioner prays that a comprehensive scheme may be framed by UOI and National Health Authority to provide Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance Scheme for desiring/eligible people,” said the plea.