After discontinuation of RSBY by Centre, Odisha inducts Beneficiaries under BKKY

Bhubaneswar:After discontinuation of the Centre’s Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) from December 31, 2018, Parliamentary Panel also termed Ayushman Bharat scheme a modification of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, the State government today announced that the existing beneficiaries of the central scheme will be covered under the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) effective from January 1, 2019.

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) beneficiaries will be covered with Rs 1 lakh insurance under Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) (Stream-II).

A total of 44,08,070 beneficiaries enrolled under RSBY, who are getting insurance coverage of Rs 30,000 will have a top-up of Rs 70,000 through BKKY (Stream-II) from Jan 1, 2019, informed Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena here today.

“After the closure of RSBY from December 31, 2018, by the Centre, the state government has decided to cover the existing RSBY beneficiaries under BKKY (Stream-II) by providing a total of Rs 1 lakh insurance coverage under the BKKY (Stream-II) card. For this, all the RSBY beneficiaries have been provided BKKY (Stream-II) cards,” the minister pointed out.

Those beneficiaries, who have not received the card, can get it by showing their RSBY card at BKKY kiosk located at every District Headquarters Hospital or can contact the Deputy Director of Agriculture/District Coordinator-SHAS of respective districts.

The collectors have been directed to take initiative on a priority basis to ensure the RSBY beneficiaries to avail the BKKY card at earliest. The beneficiaries have been suggested to collect BKKY stream-II card in exchange of existing RSBY card from their nearest BKKY kiosks, he said.

The state government had started Biju Swathya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) on August 15, 2018, with two components—universal healthcare (free healthcare for all procedures) to all people in all government health institutions up to the DHH (district headquarters hospital) levels and annual health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family (7 lakh to women members of family) to more than 70 lakh families of lower socio-economic section of the society in all government and 208 empanelled private health institutions (through the existing RSBY, BKKY and Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) schemes.

Since its launch till December 15, 2018, a total of 1,82,33,733 instances have been recorded where people have availed healthcare through the BSKY, official sources said.

Sasmita Behera
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