'Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara’ Celebrations Begin In Assam
GUWAHATI: The Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) organized a Walkathon/Prabhat Feri on Sunday, 15 September, 2019 to mark the beginning of the ‘Ayushman Bharat Pakhwara’ celebrations, which will be observed from 15 to 30 September, 2019. The walkathon began at 6.30 AM and continued up to 7.30 AM, with the start point at the Nehru Stadium and ending at Dighalipukhuri.
The Walkathon was flagged off by Alok Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Assam, Samir Kr Sinha, IAS, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam, Dr Praveen Gedam, IAS, Deputy CEO, National Health Authority, Govt. of India and Monalisa Goswami, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam & CEO, Atal Amrit Abhiyan Society, Assam. They also participated in the walk along with several other personalities from the film and sports fraternity to spread the message of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
PMJAY covers 27 Lakhs poor and vulnerable families (1.35 crore individuals approximately) in the state of Assam identified by the SECC Census 2011 data. The Scheme under PMJAY provides comprehensive coverage of up to 5 lakh Rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care treatment. At the national level, a National Health Authority (NHA) has been constituted to administer the Scheme and in Assam, the Atal Amrit Abhiyan Society has been notified as the State Health Agency for the Scheme. The scheme is completely cashless at the point of delivery and the benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the Scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country. Till date the State has signed MoU with 179 hospitals (38 Govt. & 141 Pvt.) for empanelment under the scheme and in the third phase of expansion another 128 Govt. hospitals have been empanelled.