West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday decided to pull out from Centre’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking all the credit for the health scheme while ignoring the state’s contribution.
Addressing a public meet, a visibly angry Mamata said, “He is sending letters to people across Bengal through post offices claiming that they are behind this health scheme.” Bengal is already running a similar scheme, ‘Swasthya Saathi’ since 2017, which provides paperless, cashless and smartcard-based facilities to its citizens. Basic health cover for secondary and tertiary care up to Rs 1.5 lakh a year through insurance mode is provided under the scheme.
Mamata said that the central government’s interference in the state’s affairs and other institutions is an emerging trend. “They finished the CBI, the RBI, the banks and are promoting the culture of loot,” she added.
Earlier, she had issued a circular to change the names of all central government schemes, including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – which is now known as Mission Nirmal Bangla in West Bengal.
She has also changed schemes nationally known as Aajeevika (National Rural Livelihood Mission) to Anandadhara (State Rural Livelihood Mission), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to Banglar Gramin Sadak Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Grameen) to Banglar Griha Prakalpa and Beti Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to Kanyashree.