The well being scheme of the West Bengal authorities – one of many flashpoints of the approaching state elections – had a VIP participant in the present day. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had ditched the Central authorities’s Ayushman Bharat in favour of the state scheme, visited the native sales space of the Duare Duare Sarkar (Authorities At Your Doorstep) close to her Harish Chatterjee Highway residence and picked up her Swasthya Sathi card.
The well being scheme is likely one of the large areas of battle between the Centre and the state, which the BJP — challenger to the ruling Trinamool Congress within the coming elections — is taking part in up.
This morning, round 11.30 AM, Ms Banerjee was seen queueing up with locals to personally accumulate her card for the cashless scheme that provides free remedy at non-public and authorities hospitals, and a medical insurance of Rs 5 lakh per household.
Requested if she felt secure after accumulating her card, Ms Banerjee informed NDTV that she does not use authorities funds for any private wants. “I do not even take Re 1 as wage. However this card is for everybody, and if everyone seems to be taking this card then I’m proud to say I’m a commoner, and I’m pleased about that. I’ll protect it,” she stated.
Ms Banerjee, who can be the state well being minister, has urged different ministers to affix the Swasthya Sathi scheme in a present of solidarity. “I’ll hold this card in my archive,” she had stated earlier.
BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh has mocked Ms Banerjee .
“She does drama all over the place. She likes doing drama. Is she eligible for Swasthya Sathi, the chief minister? Throughout demonetization, we noticed Rahul Gandhi queue as much as withdraw cash. He’s concerned in a Rs 50 crore rip-off and he queued up for Rs 10,000 from his financial institution? Do not they notice individuals perceive it’s all drama? This drama will not work in Bengal anymore,” he stated.
Bengal is likely one of the 4 opposition-ruled states, together with Delhi, Telangana and Odisha, that had not adopted the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yogana, or Ayushman Bharat. The BJP contends that the Chief Minister has disadvantaged the state’s individuals of a number of well being advantages provided by the Centre.
Ms Banerjee has responded with a listing on how the state scheme was higher than Ayushman Bharat, which is partly funded by the state.
On December 26, MP Derek O’Brien had additionally tweeted a comparability of the 2 well being schemes. Each guarantee Rs 5 lakh in medical insurance however whereas Swasthya Sathi was lately expanded to cowl 100 per cent of inhabitants in Bengal, Ayushman Bharat, Mr O’Brien claims, covers solely 40 per cent of India’s inhabitants.
Are you aware @narendramodi ji, Swasthya Sathi is by no means linked to the Modi govt. You give free well being to a couple. Bengal offers free healthcare to all 10 crore individuals within the state. If you find yourself not busy operating down Bengal, here is a revealing chart you may wish to take a look at👇 pic.twitter.com/E6q0KEZMW6
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) December 26, 2020
Since December 1, crores of individuals have line as much as enroll for the Swasthya Sathi card, issued to the lady of the household.
The Trinamool Congress is hoping that quicker enrolment and clean rollout of advantages by the doorstep marketing campaign – launched forward of the elections – would assist the occasion keep in energy for a 3rd straight time period.
State elections are due in April-Could in Bengal, the place the Trinamool Congress faces robust competitors from the BJP.