Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY launched in Sikkim; Will cover 40,000 families CM announces roster relaxation

Gangtok, 23 Sept (IPR): The Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Prabhat Tara Maidan, Ranchi, Jharkhand, today. The launch was held simultaneously in some states of India through live telecast.

In Sikkim, the scheme was launched in alliance with Mukhya Mantri Jeevan Raksha Kosh at Chintan Bhawan.

The programme was attended by Governor Ganga Prasad as chief guest, while Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was present as the guest of honour.

The PM-JAY, in alliance with MMJRK Sikkim, will provide protection to the deprived rural families and identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-economic Caste Census data. Under this scheme, around 40,000 poor and vulnerable families are entitled as per SECC in Sikkim.

The scheme provides a benefit cover of Rs. 5,00,000 per family per year for secondary and most of the tertiary care procedures.

This scheme will provide cashless and paperless access to healthcare services in public and private empanelled hospitals. The benefit will be portable across the country.

In Sikkim, the scheme will be implemented by the Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department on a trust mode with implementation support agency.

Further, a State Health Agency and Core Operational Team has also been constituted.

The four District Hospitals and STNM Hospital have been empanelled under this scheme. Help Desk Coordinators and District Nodal Officers have been identified and trained for the public hospitals.

The Governor, in his address, expressed happiness on the launch of PM-JAY and MMJRK. He said that the joint alliance of both the schemes would be a new milestone in the health sector.

He added that the scheme will work for the benefit of the underprivileged and marginalised sections of the society and urged the doctors and officers present to implement the scheme with full accountability and dedication.

The Chief Minister, in his speech, called for intelligent inputs and constructive concepts from the health professionals for the further development of the health sector in the state. He asked the doctors to conduct more awareness programmes on communicable diseases like TB, STDs, MDR etc in the PHCs and PHSC levels. He also asked them to spread awareness regarding the carcinogenic elements present in pesticides, chemical fertilizers etc and urged the people to opt for an Organic lifestyle.

The Chief Minister informed that Sikkim was the first state to implement the HPV Vaccination, HepatitisB Vaccination, and CATCH Programme in the country.

In his speech, the Chief Minister announced that once the 1,000-bedded Multi Speciality Hospital at Sochyagang was functional, six buses will ply from Gangtok to Sochyagang every thirty minutes.

He also said that, all Sikkimese doctors who are working outside the State will be provided job at the Hospital. The roster system will be relaxed for these doctors in the process of their appointment, he added.

He requested all the doctors to live up to the expectations of the people and ensure that the scheme reaches the rightful people.

The Chief Minister ended his address by saying that the health sector should focus more on Preventive rather than Curative measures.

Principal Director Rinzing Dorjee presented an overview of the scheme.

Earlier, Commisioner-Cum-Secretary, Vishal Chauhan, delivered the welcome address.

On the occasion, Golden records (e-cards) were handed over by the Governor and Chief Minister to the following beneficiaries: Damber Bdr. Biswakarma, Santosh Rai, Devi Mukhia, Nima Tenzing Bhutia, Lal Bdr. Subba, Jai Kmr. Gurung, Kyakchung Lepcha, Jog Maya Darjee, Sanjay Sapkota, Dilip Subba, Kamal Sunar, Kamal Tamang, Amber Bdr. Tamang, Manoj Rawat, M.D. Kalim and Tula Ram Neopaney.