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Delhi HC issued notice to Delhi government for adapting Ayushman Bharat Scheme

Vishal Malhotra / Rahul Kumar Jha

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New Delhi: Lakhs of poor and underprivileged people of Delhi will hopefully benefit from the hugely popular and successful Ayushman Bharat Scheme after the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi government in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed for the implementation of the Scheme in Delhi.

Delhi BJP Media In-Charge, Pratyush Kanth and Legal Cell Convener, Surya Prakash Khatri (Petitioners) filed a PIL before the Delhi High Court for facilitation and implementation of Ayushman Bharat (Healthy India), Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in order to provide financial protection to the poor and deprived families all throughout the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The petition was listed before the Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C. Harishankar wherein, it was argued on behalf of the petitioners that the Delhi Govt has been claiming that they have a better and comparable policy of their own due to which they have not been implementing Ayushman Bharat Scheme within the NCT of Delhi.

The petitioners further argued that no such policy of Delhi Govt. exists and has been implemented so far and have categorically made a request to the Court to call upon the Delhi Govt. to produce a copy of the said policy, if it actually exists. In view of the arguments advanced, the Court appreciating the gravity of the situation was pleased to issue notice to the Delhi government to file a response and put forth their stand.

The Ayushman Bharat Scheme launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which targets to provide financial protection to 10.74 Crore poor and vulnerable families (approx. 50 Crore beneficiaries), has been a great success all across the country. However, it is surprising that the residents and inhabitants of NCT of Delhi have been consciously deprived of the benefits of the said scheme, which is in clear violation of the Fundamental Rights of the citizens of NCT of Delhi as guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

It is a matter of fact that, altogether, 34 States and Union Territories have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Government to implement the Ayushman Bharat Scheme and lakhs of people are availing and enjoying the benefits of the central government’s scheme all across the country.

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