Speaking to reporters, the minister said that one crore cards have been prepared in a very short period of time. Karnataka has emerged as a model state in the whole country in Ayushman card distribution. Ayushman cards will be distributed to all eligible people soon under the leadership of Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai.
Chikkaballapur, Haveri and Bangalore Rural districts have performed best in card distribution, with one-third of the beneficiaries already registered. The field officers of the health department are successfully campaigning for the registration of the cards.
As on November 11, registration of one crore cards has been successfully completed. Such a significant achievement is due to the joint efforts of District Collectors, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officers, District Health Officers and District Leprosy Department officers. He explained that DHOs and DLOs are also conducting regular progress checks.
Card for next March to all eligible
The continuous effort of the EDCS department is commendable and efforts are being made to reach the daily target in Gram One centers. Large scale camps are also being organized for this. Operators are working non-stop from 6 am to 11 pm despite many technical issues. Along with door-to-door registration campaigns, technical hurdles are being resolved with the help of NHA. He informed that the aim is to distribute AB-ARK cards to all eligible people by next March.
With the objective of providing healthcare facilities to all, the state government had launched “Arogya Karnataka” scheme on March 2, 2018. Under this, Rs 2 lakh per year for BPL families in primary, secondary and tertiary level hospitals. And APL families were provided treatment at a subsidized rate of 30%. At the same time, the central government has its ambition to provide healthcare facilities to all [ಯೂನಿವರ್ಸಲ್ ಹೆಲ್ತ್ ಕವರೇಜ್] He said that the project was started with the same goal and the same purpose.
As the national scheme was more comprehensive and beneficial, the scheme was implemented under the name ‘Ayushman Bharat – Arogya Karnataka’. Implemented in true spirit of Universal Health Coverage scheme, AB-PMJAY-ARK cards will be distributed to all 5.09 crore eligible citizens. AB-PMJAY is a national scheme and registration process is going on in every state. The minister said that they have also started a campaign to create co-branded cards.