Many questions are being raised in J&K over non-issuance of ID cards for Ayushman Bharat scheme. On 26 December 2020, this scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for people of J&K. Under this scheme, J&K residents are entitled to free treatment costing up to 5 lakh rupees in 218 Hospitals of J&K and 24,000 Hospitals including both Government and private, all over India.
To avail the benefits of this scheme, one has to show e-cards/ Golden Cards issued by Ayushmann Bharat to medical authority. But, surprisingly, e- cards / Golden cards have not been received by the people.
People of J&K, specially old persons, are eagerly waiting for cards for which they have also paid a small amount to agencies for each card. In October last year, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Migrants established 20 centres where people can register for the cards after paying Rs 30/- for plain cards and 60/- for coloured cards.
However, J&K residents complain that they have not received their cards even now. When people enquired about it from CSC, they asked for a message of Ayushmann Bharat which people have not received. Moreover, when people decided to call on numbers mentioned in the advertisement, they were not working.
This whole incident seems like a prank being played by the government over people. People are raising questions like why was the scheme launched by the Prime Minister if its functions were not figured out. If people don’t have cards, then how can they make use of the scheme?
J&K State Pensioners and Senior Citizens Welfare Society President, Mir Gh Rasool Butvani, State Secretary, Sh D. N. Sadhu and other members appealed J&K LG Manoj Sinha for issuing directions to the concerned department immediately issuing Ayushmann Cards to the people of J&K so that old age persons, retired pensioners, Senior Citizens and other persons who are suffering from serious health problems can get benefits of the Ayushmann Bharat Scheme.