Arunachal: Khandu launches Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu launches Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY)  on Wednesday.


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Chief Minister Pema Khandu today underlined two projects of the state government that calls for strict monitoring and implementation through active cooperation of all stakeholders – the beleaguered CM’s Health Insurance Scheme and the portion of Trans-Arunachal Highway project in Lower Subansiri district.

Khandu brought up the issues in presence of the Chief Secretary, Commissioner Finance, Commissioner PWD and other top officers of the state government during the soft launch of the Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY) here this morning.

CMAAY basically is a health assurance scheme that will enable citizens to avail cashless health services in empanelled hospitals through a web portal based software developed and implemented by MDIndia, the third party administrator of the scheme. This new scheme will replace the erstwhile Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

CMAAY will be dovetailed with the Center’s Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission and implemented by the Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Society through its web portal by the same name. The vision is to accord quality and cashless health care services to the people of the state envisaging universal health care to all by 2020. Once launched the scheme will offer health care services of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year.

Khandu congratulated the officers of the state Health and Family Welfare Department for working hard and coming up with a well-framed scheme, while reiterating that the state government was committed from day one to revive the health insurance scheme.

He emphasized that success of a beneficial scheme like health insurance depends on its successful implementation and continuation.

“Launching a scheme is not difficult but successfully running it is difficult. Therefore, everything should be well studied from the very beginning and all scopes for hurdles to creep in should be nipped at the bud,” Khandu pointed.

The Chief Minister directed the departmental officials and representatives of MDIndia to strictly adhere to the timeline for implementation of the scheme so that it can be launched on Independence Day next month.

The department has assured that after the soft launch all steps like empanelment of hospitals, registration of beneficiaries, etc will be completed by August 10th next and positively launch the scheme on the scheduled date.

“With this soft launch, expectations of the people will raise several folds. So please work overtime and ensure that the scheme is launched on August 15,” Khandu said.

He also directed the Chief Secretary and Finance Commissioner to ensure that there is no delay in release of funds for the scheme so that people start to avail its benefits as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, on the contentious issue of the TAH portion in Lower Subansiri, Khandu directed the Chief Secretary and Commissioner PWD to take personal interest in resolving all issues including that of compensation so that work on the portion can begin without hurdles. He categorically made clear that the state government will not tolerate any misappropriation of funds and all those found guilty – whoever he or she may be – will not be spared.

The soft launch programme was also attended by Health Minister Alo Libang, the Chief Secretary, Commissioner Health, Commissioner Finance, Commissioner PWD, Secretaries, officers and doctors of the health department and MDIndia Vice President (Operations) Dr Geeta Bharadwaj.

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