Raje Govt move to scrap health scheme angers Congress

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Rajasthan was set to abolish a health scheme for the poor, launched by the previous Congress regime, on the purported ground of duplication leading to loss to the exchequer. Congress has cried foul and described it as an instance of BJP’s insensitivity.The State government had decided not to extend the Mukhya Mantri BPL Jeevan Raksha Kosh to the financial year 2018-19 after its expiry on March 31. Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf said here on Friday that the scheme’s beneficiaries would get free diagnosis and treatment facilities under other plans.Health insurance schemeAccording to the official orders, the patients of below poverty line (BPL) category would get the medical treatment under the Bhamashah health insurance scheme, free diagnostic test scheme and free medicine scheme. A new procedure had been laid down for the cases of hospitalisation, implants and specialised treatment.However, the move would render over 500 contractual employees, including the computer operators, unemployed. They were hired for effective implementation of the Mukhya Mantri BPL Jeevan Raksha Kosh in various districts.BJP insensitive: GehlotSenior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticised the BJP government for discontinuing the scheme, while pointing out that it had turned out to be a blessing for the BPL and other underprivileged families in the treatment of chronic diseases. He said the BJP government ad shown its insensitivity through the decision.“Despite its drubbing in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections, the BJP had the audacity to abolish a scheme which was benefiting the poor. The people of the State would give a suitable reply to the BJP in the upcoming Assembly election,” Mr. Gehlot said.The Congress leader said that the scheme had the provisions for extending all outdoor and indoor treatment facilities to the beneficiaries without any upper limit for medical expenses. Besides, it gave a grant to the childless BPL couples and those with an annual income of Rs.1 lakh for their treatment.Mr. Gehlot said the State government had taken the decision on the pretext of promoting the Bhamashah health insurance scheme. The free diagnostic test and free medicine schemes had also been weakened for ensuring the insurance scheme’s success, he said.last_img

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