Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 11
The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and 4 opposition-ruled states on Friday on a PIL alleging non-implementation of ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri an Arogya Yojana’ meant to profit the poor and the center class individuals.
Acting on a petition filed by Hyderabad-based Perala Shekhar Rao, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde requested the Centre, Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana governments to file their replies in two weeks.
The prime court docket additionally issued notices to the National Health Authority (NHA)—the apex physique liable for implementing the ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’, a flagship public medical insurance/ assurance scheme of the central authorities.
Rao urged the court docket to declare as “illegal” and “unconstitutional” the actions of Delhi, West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana in not implementing ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’. He sought a route to the authorities involved to organize a scheme for offering the choice to individuals of those states to both avail ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’ or the insurance coverage scheme applied by the respective states.
The Centre has been implementing the medical insurance scheme for 50 crore individuals of the nation with an annual price range of Rs 6,400 crore and beneath this scheme, poor persons are entitled to avail therapy for numerous well being issues together with testing and therapy for COVID-19, Rao submitted.
He alleged that besides Telangana, Delhi, West Bengal and Odisha, all of the states within the nation are implementing or availing the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
“This has resulted in the denial of health insurance benefits provided by Union of India to the people of four states which is contrary to Article 14 (equality before law) and 21 (protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution,” the petitioner submitted.
“It is submitted that all the states in the country irrespective of political parties are utilizing the Central government health scheme to benefit the people but except the states such as Telangana, Delhi, Odisha and West Bengal are not using the well-crafted universal health scheme by the Union of India,” the PIL submitted.
It stated that because of non-availability of medical insurance and lack of correct services in authorities hospitals, poor and center class individuals had been pressured to pay large cash for therapy of COVID-19 at non-public hospitals.
A complete scheme could also be framed by the Centre and National Health Authority to supply Ayushman Bharat scheme for needing and eligible individuals and people could also be given the choice to avail both this scheme or the native well being schemes run by state governments, it stated.
Over 16,000 hospitals, together with round 8,050 non-public hospitals, have been empanelled beneath the Ayushman Bharat scheme throughout the nation and the authority has additionally fastened the charges for about 1,500 therapy procedures contemplating the bills required for therapy and hospitalisation, it said.