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Odisha government would not implement the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat

Bhubaneswar:14/6/18; The Odisha government would not implement the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission in the state since it is about to launch a similar scheme on its own shortly, a minister today said.

“There is no need to join the central government’s Ayushman Bharat programme after launching state’s own health assurance scheme,” Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said.

He said that Odisha’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana would be implemented from August 15 this year.

He said while the Centres Ayushman Bharat programme was meant for 61 lakh families of Odisha, the state’s own Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana will cover 70 lakh families.

Around 3.5 crore people will get health benefit up to Rs 5 lakh per family under the state scheme, he said.

“Keeping in view the interests of the people of our state, we are going to implement the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana,” Jena said, adding that the healthcare scheme of the state government is better than that of the Centre.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday announced the health assurance scheme of the state. Under the programme, a family would get up to Rs 5 lakh per annum to meet healthcare expenditure at all government-run hospitals and the entire cost would be borne by the state government.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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