No Modicare if you own fridge, bike, or earn over Rs 10,000 a month

The government had earlier said all 10.74 crore households categorised as deprived in the SECC 2011 would benefit from the scheme.

Published: 10th October 2018 06:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2018 06:46 PM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Families that earn more than Rs 10,000 a month, or own a refrigerator or a two-wheeler, among other amenities, won’t be able to benefit from the Modi government’s ambitious health insurance scheme. The National Health Agency (NHA), responsible for implementing the Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) scheme, has asked states to exclude such households from the programme as many people who weren’t meant to be beneficiaries — including MPs, MLAs, and high-ranking authorities — have got PMJAY cards, officials said.

The government had earlier said all 10.74 crore households categorised as “deprived” in the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 would benefit from the scheme, which aims to provide cashless hospitalisation worth up to Rs 5 lakh per year to about 50 crore Indians.

Households owning more than 2.5 acres of irrigated land with irrigation equipment, or five acres or more of irrigated land for two or more crop seasons, or at least 7.5 acres with irrigation equipment are also excluded, as per the SECC 2011.

“This study was conducted in 2011, an additional data collection drive was undertaken... However, there may still be some glaring instances, where some of those who have to be automatically excluded, are figuring in the list of eligible beneficiaries,” the NHA’s circular to states said.

Fishing boat, landline on disqualification list

Two, three or four-wheelers, fishing boats, mechanised three or four-wheel agricultural equipment, Kisan Credit Card with a credit limit above `50K and in which a member is a govt employee, non-agricultural firms, landline phone, paying income tax, professional tax


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  • Akbar

    hahahaa.. These good for nothing whom we called our leaders are getting lot of perks and discounts everywhere... even after getting such a handsome salary .. And for common people they cant get health Insurance If they are earning more than 10000 . In UAE and other countries you will get health insurance whether you are earning 1 AED or billions. Again making fun of common public.
    3 years ago reply
  • Deb sen

    It was expected. But the limit of monthly income of 10000 should be increased to 15000
    3 years ago reply
  • Mohammad faraz majeed

    So just another Jumla from Modi ji... Modi ji will go down in history as a man who primised a lot only for naught.
    3 years ago reply
  • rohit

    Healthcare is required for all but discrimination over their also. Basic infrastructure and preventive care and diagnosis of critical illness should be taken by Govt.This scheme proved to be another jumla to lure people.
    3 years ago reply
  • Ajay

    Then why r the same ineligible people being given free treatment in Safdurjung
    3 years ago reply
  • J B Shah

    Needs some changes in the craeteria
    3 years ago reply
  • LN

    These are basic things nowadays and people save money to buy. 10000 pm should not be the cap. This will deprive many people and no point in implementing this scheme itself
    3 years ago reply
  • ravindra

    Thiscwas to be expected
    3 years ago reply
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