ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Health Minister Alo Libang on Wednesday flagged off an awareness bike rally here at the civil secretariat to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada.
The event was organized by the state health agency (SHA).
Ayushman Bharat Pakhwada is a fortnight of enhancing awareness about the Ayushmaan Bharat Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the salient features of its twin pillars and the benefits that can be availed of under the schemes. Aapke Dwar Ayushman will be conducted in every district of the state in order to reach out to nook and corner of the state throughout the days of Pakhwada.
The members of Arunachal Bullet Club, The Gliding Piranhas MC, 30′ North Aalo and Royal Arunachal riders took part in the awareness ride which started from Civil Secretariat and culminated at CMAAY office, Naharlagun.
Speaking on the occasion Libang expressed hope that the campaign would help to generate awareness about AB-PMJAY in the state.
“It is going to be 3 years since this scheme was launched. Governments want to cover maximum people identified to avail benefits of this scheme,” Libang said and thanked riders for being part of the initiative to create awareness about AB-PMJAY and CMAAY.
Health Principal Secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan in his address shared that AB-PMJAY is the world’s largest health insurance scheme.
“It has been widely accoladed across the world and is immensely benefiting the people. We should work to cover the maximum population under this scheme,” he said.
The CEO of Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojna (CMAAY) Dr Nabam Peter informed that AB-PMJAY is a flagship health insurance scheme of the government of India.
“This is entitled based schemes and beneficiaries have been identified through economic and caste census 2011. In Arunachal till now 88928 families have been covered under this. Across more than 53 crore individuals have been covered,” Peter said.
He also shared that 23000 hospitals have been empaneled under PMJAY across India. The beneficiaries can avail cashless treatment upto Rs 5 lacs under this scheme.
Regarding CMAAY Dr Peter informed that 62 hospitals have been empaneled. “This includes 27 hospitals outside the state including the likes of CMC Vellore, Hyat, NEIGRIHMS, GNRC etc.
“We are also negotiating with Tata Memorial hospital, Mumbai and Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi to get them under coverage of CMAAY,” he added.
Also present on the occasion was Capital SP Jimmy Cheram, Director of Health Service Dr M Lego, Director of Medical Education Dr R Doye, Director of Family Welfare Emi Rumi, National Health Mission MD CR Khampa and DMO ICR M Perme.