Himanta tweets Ayushman Bharat beneficiary details; deletes after criticism
GUWAHATI: Health Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Tuesday, triggered a controversy after he shared confidential information of the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
His tweet named 21 people along with the ailments they were suffering from and the hospitals they were admitted to.
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Soon after the tweet, several Twitter users outraged over the tweet and called out the Assam minister for violating the right to privacy of the patients.
Following the criticism, the tweet was taken down on Tuesday.
Through the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, which would benefit more than 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers.
(L) Himanta Biswa Sarma (R) Snap from the Twitter post