Bengal first state to opt out of ‘Modicare’
Addressing a public rally at Krishnanagar in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government would not partake in the Cenre’s National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), which was announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Budget this year.
Mocking the scheme as ‘Modicare’, Mamata said, “There had been deaths of about 12,000 farmers in the country and Maharashtra tops the list among the states. Now the Centre is talking about welfare of farmers. They have announced health schemes for them but have no money to fund those. They want the state to contribute 40% of the scheme. Why should we? It was not discussed with the states before implementation. They need to learn a thing or two from Bengal. We have been giving people free health services for a long time.”
She also added that the state was cash-strapped. “As it is, the Centre takes away Rs 40,000 crore from the state and we have to do with whatever little is left. Inspite of that, we had been trying to make best use of the resources,” she said.
Jaitley, while tabling the Budget this year, said it would be the world’s largest health insurance scheme …read more