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Govt issues 12.58 cr e-cards; authorizes 90,49,900 hospitalizations

The government has issued over 12.58 cr E-Cards under its flagship health scheme Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), a government release said quoting Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey. Shri Chaubey has revealed the numbers in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on 18 March, 2020.

The numbers correspond to a period till 12 March, 2020, the release said. Moreover, the government also authorized 90,49,900 hospital admissions under the scheme during this period, the release said.

The AB-PMJAY is an entitlement-based scheme and no registration or enrolment of beneficiaries is required for availing the benefits under the scheme. In order to create awareness and facilitate easy availing of benefits, e-cards have been issued to the beneficiaries after verifying their identity under the scheme, the release said.

Out of these, 4.88 Cr cards have been made by states using their own IT systems which include beneficiaries supported under AB PM-JAY in alliance with state schemes.

The state of Tamil Nadu has been issued the highest number of E-Cards (2,47,27,269) followed by Madhya Pradesh (1,41,37,791) and Assam (1,22,79,183), the release said. The number of hospitalizations under the AB-PMJAY scheme done in the three states stands at 1094075, 313484 and 120214 respectively, the release further says.

Under the AB-PMJAY in alliance with the state scheme, 1,18,49,008 beneficiaries in Karnataka have been verified with 635772 hospital admissions authorized as on 12 March 2020, the release said.